J. P. Platt, J. K. Leggett, J. Young, H. Raza, S. Alam; Large-scale sediment underplating in the Makran accretionary prism, southwest Pakistan. Geology ; 13 (7): 507–511. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1985)13<507:LSUITM>2.0.CO;2
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Field relations in the emergent part of the Makran accretionary prism show that a mid-Miocene to early Pliocene slope and shelf sedimentary sequence was deposited directly on abyssal-plain turbidites without any detectable stratigraphic or structural discordance. Sedimentological evidence for rapid shoaling, however, indicates that the underlying sediment column was tectonically thickened by a factor of between two and three during this period. This can be explained by large-scale underthrusting and underplating of sediment—a mode of accretion that is also favored by mass-balance considerations. The visible deformation in the coastal Makran occurred when the region was 70–100 km north of the contemporary prism front.