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The kinematics and rates of displacement along single faults of the Outer Belt and through the entire thrust belt of the Himalayas of western Nepal have been estimated by structural field work, balanced cross sections, fluviatile terrace-deposit studies, and geodesy. GPS geodetic studies indicate that the shortening is 15 ± 2mm/yr and is perpendicular to the trend of the western Nepal Himalayas and compatible with elastic strain accumulation. This surface shortening would be induced by a 19 mm/yr slip rate, at depth, on the basal detachment beneath the Great Himalayas, whereas the detachment is locked beneath the Lesser Himalayas....

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