Thermal evolution of leucogranites in extensional faults: implications for Miocene denudation rates in the Himalaya
Published:January 01, 2006
C. Annen, B. Scaillet, 2006. "Thermal evolution of leucogranites in extensional faults: implications for Miocene denudation rates in the Himalaya", Channel Flow, Ductile Extrusion and Exhumation in Continental Collision Zones, R. D. Law, M. P. Searle, L. Godin
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The crustally derived High Himalayan leucogranites (HHL) are characterized by strong isotopic heterogeneity and occurrence of magmatic muscovite. Such attributes indicate that the HHL were non-convecting magma bodies and crystallized at pressure-equivalent depths of more than 8.5 km. We have performed one-dimensional thermal modelling in order to simulate the process of incremental growth of a laccolith whose roof is tectonically removed during intrusion, in a context of crustal exhumation due to channel flow. The objective is to define under what conditions HHL laccoliths emplaced close to active normal faults may be built without convecting while crystallizing muscovite. The results...
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Channel Flow, Ductile Extrusion and Exhumation in Continental Collision Zones
This collection of 27 review and research papers provides an overview of the geodynamic concepts of channel flow and ductile extrusion in continental collision zones. The focal point for this volume is the proposal that the middle or lower crust acts as a ductile, partially molten channel flowing out from beneath areas of over-thickened crust, such as the Tibetan plateau, towards the topographic surface at plateau margins. This controversial proposal explains many features related to the geodynamic evolution of the plateau and, for example, extrusion and exhumation of the crystalline core of the Himalayan mountain chain to the south. In this volume thermal-mechanical models for channel flow, extrusion and exhumation are presented, and geological and geophysical evidence both for and against the applicability of such models to the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau system, as well as older continental collision zones such as the Hellenides, the Appalachians and the Canadian Cordillera, are discussed.