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Lithospheric structure in Central Eurasia derived from elevation, geoid anomaly and thermal analysis

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Alexandra M. M. Robert
Alexandra M. M. Robert
Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere (GDL), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, ICTJA-CSIC, Lluís Solé i Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona, SpainGéosciences Environnement Toulouse, UMR CNRS-IRD-Université de Toulouse, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
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Manel Fernàndez
Manel Fernàndez
Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere (GDL), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, ICTJA-CSIC, Lluís Solé i Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Ivone Jiménez-Munt
Ivone Jiménez-Munt
Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere (GDL), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, ICTJA-CSIC, Lluís Solé i Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Jaume Vergés
Jaume Vergés
Group of Dynamics of the Lithosphere (GDL), Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, ICTJA-CSIC, Lluís Solé i Sabarís s/n, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Published:
January 01, 2017

Abstract

We present new crustal and lithospheric thickness maps for Central Eurasia from the combination of elevation and geoid anomaly data and thermal analysis. The results are strongly constrained by numerous previous data based on seismological and seismic experiments, tomographic imaging and integrated geophysical studies. Our results indicate that high topography regions are associated with crustal thickening that is at a maximum below the Zagros, Himalaya, Tien Shan and the Tibetan Plateau. The stiffer continental blocks that remain undeformed within the continental collision areas are characterized by a slightly thickened crust and flat topography. Lithospheric thickness and crustal thickness show different patterns that highlight an important strain partitioning within the lithosphere. The Arabia–Eurasia collision zone is characterized by a thick lithosphere underneath the Zagros belt, whereas a thin to non-existent lithospheric mantle is observed beneath the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus. Conversely, the India–Eurasia collision zone is characterized by a very thick lithosphere below its southern part as a consequence of the underplating of the cold and stiff Indian lithosphere. Our new model presents great improvements compared to previous global models available for the region, and allows us to discuss major aspects related to the lithospheric structure and acting geodynamic processes in Central Eurasia.

Supplementary material: Residual geoid anomaly between different order and degree of filtering, our compilation of crustal thickness from publications and our resulting crustal and lithospheric thickness in .txt format are available at: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/SUP18846

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Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range

M.-F Brunet
M.-F Brunet
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T. McCann
T. McCann
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E. R. Sobel
E. R. Sobel
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Geological Society of London
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427
ISBN electronic:
9781862399594
Publication date:
January 01, 2017

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