Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Research article
10 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 10 Sep 2018

Channel flow, tectonic overpressure, and exhumation of high-pressure rocks in the Greater Himalayas

Fernando O. Marques, Nibir Mandal, Subhajit Ghosh, Giorgio Ranalli, and Santanu Bose


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (05 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Jul 2018) by Taras Gerya
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Jul 2018) by Federico Rossetti(Executive Editor)
Short summary
We couple Himalayan tectonics to numerical simulations to show how upward-tapering channel (UTC) flow can be used to explain the evidence. The simulations predict high tectonic overpressure (TOP > 2), which increases exponentially with a decrease in UTC mouth width, and with increase in velocity and channel viscosity. The highest TOP occurs at depths < −60 km, which, combined with the flow in the UTC, forces high-pressure rocks to exhume along the channel’s hanging wall, as in the Himalayas.