Tibetan Plateau 30N 90E

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Scale: 1 pixel = 5 km. 5-degree grid;                       Mercator Projection, Center 30N 90E


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Legend

Land Geology

Ocean Floor Ages

Tectonic Structures

Topography

Notes and References

Discussion

The myriad thrust faults show that Tibet is not a single plate but a mosaic of accreted terranes.

India appears nestled into a notch, almost lika a spacecraft docking. In reality, India created the notch by pushing blocks of Asia out of the way. To the west, Eurasia is spreading apart from North America, but to the east, Eurasia is overriding the Pacific. Thus, India cannot push crust out of the way to the west but can push crust eastward.


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Created 15 June 2014, Last Update 09 January 2015
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