Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Solid Earth, 6, 457–473, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-457-2015
Solid Earth, 6, 457–473, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-457-2015

Research article 30 Apr 2015

Research article | 30 Apr 2015

Tectonic evolution and high-pressure rock exhumation in the Qiangtang terrane, central Tibet

Z. Zhao et al.

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The early Mesozoic tectonic history of the Qiangtang terrane in central Tibet is hotly debated. We argue that the north and south Qiangtang terranes were separated by an ocean (Paleo-Tethys) until the late Triassic. Subduction was mainly to the north, underneath the north Qiangtang terrane. The high-pressure rocks were exhumed in a lithospheric-scale core complex. Together with non-metamorphic sedimentary and ophiolitic mélange, these were finally thrust on top of the south Qiangtang.