Crustal structure of the central tibetan plateau and geological interpretation

Can Ge*, Youshun Sun, M. Nafi Toksöz, Yingcai Zheng, Yong Zheng, Xiong Xiong, Diming Yu

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Based on teleseismic data obtained from 225 stations from two networks in the central Tibetan plateau, we have generated detailed crustal structure images using P-wave receiver function techniques with more accurate piercing-depth-correction and time-depth-correction than what have previously been available. Our images indicate an undulatory Moho beneath the Tibetan plateau with a steep jump beneath the northern Himalaya, and obviously different structures in proximity to the Bangong-Nujiang suture. In several sections of the Tibetan plateau, the lower crust is characterized by pervasive high-velocity regions, which are consistent with the preservation of eclogite bodies beneath the plateau, whose presence affects the dynamics of the Tibetan plateau.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-370
Number of pages8
JournalEarthquake Science
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • crustal structure
  • receiver function
  • Tibetan plateau

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