Abstract

The Shyok tectonic belt of Ladakh, northwest India, bridges the important geologic gap between the Kohistan block of Pakistan and the Lhasa block of Tibet. The geology of the Shyok tectonic belt supports the model of successive collision and accretion of Gondwana fragments along the southern margin of the Asian plate. Tectonic continuity is established between Gondwana fragments of Afghanistan, Kohistan, Shyok, and Tibet on the basis of new geologic data from the Shyok tectonic belt, and various plate-tectonic models for the India-Asia collision are discussed.

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