E. Garzanti, D. Sciunnach & M. Gaetani write: In their recent paper, Corfield et al. (2005) attempted a subsidence analysis of the northwestern Tethys Himalaya stratigraphic succession, and discussed specifically the implications for the obduction of a section of oceanic lithosphere (Spontang Ophiolite) on top of the Indian passive continental margin (Zanskar Shelf).

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The emplacement age of the Spontang Ophiolite represents a crucial problem in Himalayan geology, which has been lively debated for two decades (e.g., Searle 1986; Kelemen et al. 1988; Garzanti et al. 1987; Guillot et al. 2003). In a series...

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