Abstract

High rates of erosion (1-15 mm/yr) of fluvial strata have persisted over intervals of 0.2-1.5 m.y. and across areas of 60-2000 km2 in the Cenozoic foreland basin of northern Pakistan. These rates occur in areas associated with thrust shortening, and they indicate that erosion nearly kept pace with the rates of latest Miocene to Pleistocene uplift. Such high rates of erosion are predicted to promote hindward imbrication of thrusts and to reduce the amount of subsidence directly attributable to thrust loading.

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