Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Research article
22 Mar 2019
Research article |  | 22 Mar 2019

Linked thick- to thin-skinned inversion in the central Kirthar Fold Belt of Pakistan

Ralph Hinsch, Chloé Asmar, Muhammad Nasim, Muhammad Asif Abbas, and Shaista Sultan

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Subject area: Tectonic plate interactions, magma genesis, and lithosphere deformation at all scales | Editorial team: Structural geology and tectonics, paleoseismology, rock physics, experimental deformation | Discipline: Structural geology
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Short summary
We use surface and geophysical subsurface data to constrain the structure and evolution of the central Kirthar Fold Belt, a mountain belt on the western margin of the Indian Plate in Pakistan. It can be shown that the extension phase prior to the collision of India with Asia has a major impact on how the rocks deform today. The inherited structures in the crystalline basement reactivate in an opposite sense and complexly deform the sedimentary rocks that have deposited before collision.