Asymmetric exhumation of the Mount Everest region: Implications for the tectono-topographic evolution of the Himalaya

Barbara Carrapa, X. Robert, Peter G Decelles, D. A. Orme, S. N. Thomson, L. M. Schoenbohm

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The tectonic and topographic history of the Himalaya-Tibet orogenic system remains controversial, with several competing models that predict different exhumation histories. Here, we present new low-temperature thermochronological data from the Mount Everest region, which, combined with thermal-kinematic landscape evolution modeling, indicate asymmetric exhumation of Mount Everest consistent with a scenario in which the southern edge of the Tibetan Plateau was located >100 km farther south during the mid-Miocene. Northward plateau retreat was caused by erosional incision during the Pliocene. Our results suggest that the South Tibetan Detachment was a localized structure and that no coupling between precipitation and erosion is required for Miocene exhumation of Greater Himalayan Sequence rocks on Mount Everest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2016


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  • Geology

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