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Crustal Architecture and Evolution of the Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Orogen

Product Code: SP481
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R. Sharma, I.M. Villa and S. Kumar
Publication Date: 27 September 2019
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Special Publication 481

This volume comprises 17 contributions that address the architecture and geodynamic evolution of the Himalaya–Karakoram–Tibet (HKT) system, covering wide aspects, from the active seismicity of the present day to the remnants of the Proterozoic orogen. The articles investigate the HKT system at different scales, blending field research with laboratory studies. The role of various lithospheric components and their inheritance in the geodynamic and magmatic evolution of the HKT system through time, and their links to global geological events, are studied in the field. The laboratory research focuses on the (sub-)micrometre scale, detailing micro-structural geology, crystal chemistry, geochronology, and the study of circulating fluids, their preservation (trapped in fluid inclusions) and their evolution, distribution, migration and interaction with the solid host. An orogen over 2000 km long can be understood only if the processes at the nanometre and micrometre scales are taken into account. The contributions in this volume successfully combine these scales to enhance our understanding of the HKT system.

Published online 18/09/2019. Print copies available from 27/09/2019.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786204035
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 386
Weight: 1.1 kg


Sharma, R., Villa, I. M. & Kumar, S. Crustal architecture and evolution of the Himalaya–Karakoram–Tibet Orogen: introduction
Poretti, G., Morsut, F. & Pettenati, F. Nepal earthquake evidence from GNSS data at the Everest Pyramid Lab
Kumar, N., Aoudia, A., Guidarelli, M., Babu, V. G., Hazarika, D. & Yadav, D. K. Delineation of lithosphere structure and characterization of the Moho geometry under the Himalaya–Karakoram–Tibet collision zone using surface-wave tomography
Thakur, V. C., JayangondaPerumal, R. & JoeVivek, V. Seismotectonics of central and NW Himalaya: plate boundary–wedge thrust earthquakes in thin- and thick-skinned tectonic framework
Adlakha, V., Patel, R. C., Kumar, A. & Lal, N. Tectonic control over exhumation in the Arunachal Himalaya: new constraints from Apatite Fission Track Analysis
Puniya, M. K., Patel, R. C. & Pant, P. D. Structural and thermochronological studies of the Almora klippe, Kumaun, NW India: implications for crustal thickening and exhumation of the NW Himalaya
Bose, N. & Mukherjee, S. Field documentation and genesis of the back-structures from the Garhwal Lesser Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India
Montemagni, C., Montomoli, C., Iaccarino, S., Carosi, R., Jain, A. K., Massonne, H.-J. & Villa, I. M. Dating protracted fault activities: microstructures, microchemistry and geochronology of the Vaikrita Thrust, Main Central Thrust zone, Garhwal Himalaya, NW India
Imayama, T., Takeshita, T., Yi, K. & Fukuyama, M. Early Oligocene partial melting via biotite dehydration melting and prolonged low-pressure–low-temperature metamorphism of the upper High Himalaya Crystalline Sequence in the far east of Nepal
Broska, I., Bačík, P., Kumar, S., Janák, M., Kurylo, S., Filip, J., Bazarnik, J. & Mikuš, T. Myrmekitic intergrowth of tourmaline and quartz in eclogite-hosting gneisses of the Tso Morari ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane (Eastern Ladakh, India): a possible record of high-pressure conditions
Kingson, O., Bhutani, R., Balakrishnan, S., Dash, J. K. & Shukla, A. D. Subduction-related Manipur Ophiolite Complex, Indo-Myanmar Ranges: elemental and isotopic record of mantle metasomatism
Chauhan, D. S., Sharma, R. & Rao, D. R. A new occurrence of lazulite from the Main Central Thrust in Kumaun Himalaya, India: fluid inclusion, EPMA and Raman spectroscopy focusing on lazulite in a highly tectonized zone
Heri, A. R., Bahl, J. & Villa, I. M. Geochemical discrimination and petrogenetic affinities of dykes intruding the Ladakh batholith, NW India
Godin, L., Soucy La Roche, R., Waffle, L. & Harris, L. B. Influence of inherited Indian basement faults on the evolution of the Himalayan Orogen
Ogasawara, M., Fukuyama, M., Siddiqui, R. H. & Zhao, Y. Origin of the Ordovician Mansehra granite in the NW Himalaya, Pakistan: constraints from Sr–Nd isotopic data, zircon U–Pb age and Hf isotopes
Bikramaditya, R. K., Singh, A. K., Chung, S.-L., Sharma, R. & Lee, H.-Y. Zircon U–Pb ages and Lu–Hf isotopes of metagranitoids from the Subansiri region, Eastern Himalaya: implications for crustal evolution along the northern Indian passive margin in the early Paleozoic
Sen, A., Sen, K., Srivastava, H. B., Singhal, S. & Phukon, P. Age and geochemistry of the Paleoproterozoic Bhatwari Gneiss of Garhwal Lesser Himalaya, NW India: implications for the pre-Himalayan magmatic history of the Lesser Himalayan basement rocks
Pathak, M. & Kumar, S. Petrology, geochemistry and zircon U–Pb–Lu–Hf isotopes of Paleoproterozoic granite gneiss from Bomdila in the western Arunachal Himalaya, NE India


R. Arun Prasath

I suggest this book to be a valuable addition to the libraries of scholars of the HKT regions and also to the whole geoscience fraternity to widen their understanding of the geology of an evolving mountain chain.

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