When and where did India and Asia collide?

Aitchison, Jonathan C., Ali, Jason R. and Davis, Aileen M. (2007) When and where did India and Asia collide?. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 112 5: B05423-1-B05423-19. doi:10.1029/2006JB004706

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Author Aitchison, Jonathan C.
Ali, Jason R.
Davis, Aileen M.
Title When and where did India and Asia collide?
Journal name Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2169-9356
Publication date 2007-05-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1029/2006JB004706
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 112
Issue 5
Start page B05423-1
End page B05423-19
Total pages 19
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Timing of the collision between India and Asia is the key boundary condition in all models for the evolution of the Himalaya-Tibetan orogenic system. Thus it profoundly affects the interpretation of the rates of a multitude of associated geological processes ranging from Tibetan Plateau uplift through continental extrusion across eastern Asia, as well as our understanding of global climate change during the Cenozoic. Although an abrupt slowdown in the rate of convergence between India and Asia around 55 Ma is widely regarded as indicating the beginning of the collision, most of the effects attributed to this major tectonic episode do not occur until more than 20 Ma later. Refined estimates of the relative positions of India and Asia indicate that they were not close enough to one another to have collided at 55 Ma. On the basis of new field evidence from Tibet and a reassessment of published data we suggest that continent-continent collision began around the Eocene/Oligocene boundary (∼34 Ma) and propose an alternative explanation for events at 55 Ma.
Keyword Himalayan-Tibetan orogen
India-Asia collision
Suture zone
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Institutional Status UQ

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