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In southeast Karakorum (northwest Himalaya, Pakistan), kilometric size migmatitic domes were exhumed in a context of north-south shortening during Neogene times. The domes are characterized by a conical shape, and ductile deformation criteria indicate both radial expansion and extrusion of the migmatitic core relative to the surrounding gneisses. Most of the domes are aligned along the dextral, strike-slip Shigar fault that is parallel to the N130°E Karakorum fault. Along the Shigar fault, exhumation of the domes is mainly vertical with a slight dextral component.

We propose that the high temperature exhumation of the domes is due to diapiric ascent of...

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