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The Shigar Valley is crossed by a large, southwest-verging reverse fault containing pods of serpentinized ultramafic rock; the fault is correlated with the Northern Suture, which separates Paleozoic shelf-type sedimentary rocks of the Asian plate from Cretaceous volcanic rocks of the Ladakh-Kohistan arc. In the Shigar valley, the Asian plate is represented by a series of folded schists and marbles (the Daltumbore Formation) that is faulted southward over metasedimentary rocks and volcaniclastics (the Bauma-Harel Formation) belonging to the volcanic arc. Cretaceous turritellid gastropod fossils were found in the Bauma-Harel Formation. Metamorphism on both sides of the suture occurred in a...

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