Lhasa Block Top to Bottom - Lithospheric Evolution of Asia's Leading Edge
This collaborative project uses southern Tibet as a natural laboratory to examine how the architecture and evolution of the pre-collisional magmatic arc—its thickness, composition, and rheology—exert control on later orogenic development. Our work integrates data from studies in geochemistry, geochronology, paleoelevation studies, seismology, tectonics, and thermo-mechanical modeling.This multidisciplinary five-year project, funded by the Continental Dynamics Program of the U.S. National Science Foundation, involves a number of collaborators from institutions in the U.S., China, and Europe. Project participants include Anne Meltzer, Josh Stachnik, Peter Zeitler, and Jen Schmidt at Lehigh, Don Depaolo (Project Coordinator) at Berkeley, An Yin and Mark Harrison at UCLA, David Rowley at Chicago, David Shuster at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and Berkeley, Frederic Herman at ETH in Zurich, Mo Xuanxue, Zhidan Zhao, and Di-cheng Zhu at China University of Geosciences, Junmeng Zhao at the Institute for Tibetan Plateau Research, and Liangshu Wang and Mingie Xu at Nanjing University.
Installation of a temporary broadband sesimic station in Tibet.