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Of the several types of Quaternary deposits formed by glacial, alluvial and mass-wasting processes, with vast climatic and tectonic significance lake deposits stand out prominently in the Indus valley around the town of Leh. We studied a number of palaeolake deposits between the Zinchan–Indus confluence and Shey village and carried out optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) quartz dating of samples from critical sections. Our results indicate that, during the late Quaternary, the Indus River was dammed at least twice in the narrow gorge downstream of Spituk Gompa, forming a reservoir up to 35 km long in which 20–68 m thick...

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