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InSAR Observations of Low Slip Rates on the Major Faults of Western Tibet

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Science  09 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5681, pp. 236-239
DOI: 10.1126/science.1096388

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Abstract

Two contrasting views of the active deformation of Asia dominate the debate about how continents deform: (i) The deformation is primarily localized on major faults separating crustal blocks or (ii) deformation is distributed throughout the continental lithosphere. In the first model, western Tibet is being extruded eastward between the major faults bounding the region. Surface displacement measurements across the western Tibetan plateau using satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) indicate that slip rates on the Karakoram and Altyn Tagh faults are lower than would be expected for the extrusion model and suggest a significant amount of internal deformation in Tibet.

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