Modern sedimentary basins in the internally drained hinterland of the Himalayan- Tibetan orogenic system include north-trending rift basins and strike-slip basins along the central Tibet conjugate strike-slip zone. This chapter focuses on the geometry, relationship to fault kinematics, and potential evolution of these two types of basins by using specific examples. Of particular note is that active basin development occurs along kinematically coordinated fault systems within the hinterland of a collisional system undergoing coeval north-south shortening (partially accommodated by conjugate strikeslip faulting) and east-west extension. The implications for understanding the tectonic processes behind active basin development in Tibet may impact our understanding of the preservation potential and interpretation of rift and strike-slip basins that developed in regions of hot, thickened crust.
- Fold-thrust belts
- Strike-slip faults
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- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)