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The Triassic Qiangtang metamorphic belt in central Tibet consists of eclogite- and blueschist-bearing tectonic mélange exposed in an intracontinental setting. Study of the belt has yielded insight about the tectonic history and crustal architecture of the Qiangtang terrane. Weakly deformed mafic blocks exhibiting high-pressure, low-temperature metamorphic mineral assemblages are exposed within a greenschist facies sedimentary-matrix mélange over an east-west distance of ~600 km and north-south distance of ~150 km. Everywhere it has been mapped, the Qiangtang mélange is exposed in the footwalls of Late Triassic–Early Jurassic domal, low-angle normal faults. The hanging walls of these normal faults are composed of...

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