New insights into the evolution of the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone, Xizang (Tibet), China

Aitchison, J. C, Abrajevitch, A., Ali, J. R., Badengzhu, Davis, A. M., Luo, H., Liu, J. B., McDermid, I. R. C. and Ziabrev, S. (2002) New insights into the evolution of the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone, Xizang (Tibet), China. Episodes, 25 2: 90-94.

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Author Aitchison, J. C
Abrajevitch, A.
Ali, J. R.
Davis, A. M.
Luo, H.
Liu, J. B.
McDermid, I. R. C.
Ziabrev, S.
Title New insights into the evolution of the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone, Xizang (Tibet), China
Journal name Episodes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0705-3797
Publication date 2002-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 90
End page 94
Total pages 5
Place of publication Bangalore, Karnataka India
Publisher Geological Society of India
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Detailed investigations along the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone, Tibet result in the following conclusions. (1) Arc, forearc, and subduction complex elements of at least one intra-oceanic island arc which once lay within Tethys and accreted to India prior to its collision with Asia are preserved within the suture. (2) Collision-related tectonic mélange is widespread. (3) Temporally
distinct conglomeratic molasse units were developed; they are related to different collision events. (4) Improved radiolarian fossil data place constraints on timing of the development of intra-oceanic terranes and mélange formation. (5) A simple unconformable contact occurs between Upper Oligocene–Lower Miocene conglomerates and the southern Lhasa terrane; the socalled south-directed "Gangdese thrust" does not exist. These new results suggest the former existence of an intra-oceanic subduction system within Tethys and indicate that considerable revision of existing models for the evolution of the Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone is required.
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