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Strength of tectonic plates may explain shape of Tibetan Plateau, study finds

Strength of tectonic plates may explain shape of Tibetan Plateau, study finds

Geoscientists have long puzzled over the mechanism that created the Tibetan Plateau, but a new study finds that the landform’s history may be controlled primarily by the strength of the tectonic plates whose collision prompted its uplift. Given that the region is one of the most seismically active areas in the world, understanding the plateau’s geologic history could give scientists insight to modern day earthquake activity.

 

Date: 
Monday, July 24, 2017