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Orogenic studies

Alborz Mountains

  • These mountains belong to the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone and accommodate ~40% of the total shortening between the Central Iranian Block and Eurasia. Research is focused on understanding controls on orogen growth.
  • Collaborators: Mahnaz (Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Iran), Niels Hovius (University of Cambridge), Mark Allen, (Durham University)

Himalaya-Tibet

  • The largest mountain belt for over 500 myrs has had a major impact on the earth system. There is much to learn about how the orogen grew and its influences on ocean geochemistry local and global climate.
  • Collaborators: Robert Anckiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow) John Cottle (University of California, Santa Barbara), Ramesh Patel (Kurukshetra University, India), Micha Schlup, (University of Lausane), Mike Searle (University of Oxford), Yani Najman (Lancaster University), Eduardo Garzanti (University of Milan), Peter Clift (Aberdeen), Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College), Abbas Bahroudi (University of Tehran), Linda Kirstein (University of Edinburgh)

Pyrenees

  • Despite being one of the most intensely studied orogens there is still much to learn about the early stages of collision and the dynamic relationships between thrusts, erosion and sediment transfer to foreland basins.
  • Collaborators: Phillip Allen (Imperial College), Hugh Sinclair (Edinburgh University), Yanni Gunnell (University of Paris Diderot)

Vietnam

  • Understanding Cenozoic deformation with Hoang van Long (Hanoi University of Mining and Geology)

Pyrenees

  • Despite being one of the most intensely studied orogens there is still much to learn about the early stages of collision and the dynamic relationships between thrusts, erosion and sediment transfer to foreland basins.
  • Collaborators: Phillip Allen (Imperial College), Hugh Sinclair (Edinburgh University), Yanni Gunnell (University of Paris Diderot)

Taiwan

  • Arc-continent collision took place in the late Neogene but in detail this event is not well constrained.
  • Collaborators: Peter Clift (Aberdeen University), Linda Kirstein (Edinburgh University)

Altai

  • This mountain range extends from Siberia through China into Mongolia. Growth is linked to far field stresses arising from India-Asia collision but timing of deformation and growth of topography is poorly understood.
  • Collaborators: Wanming Yuan (Beijing Institute of High Energy Physics), Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Richard Walker, (University of Oxford), Joshua West (University of Southern California)

Canadian Rockies

  • Exploration of links between modern topography, N American Climate, and N Hemisphere glaciations
  • Collaborators: Randy Parrish (University of Leicester), Fin Stuart (SURRC)

European Alps

  • Research focus is on understanding mountain belt/foreland basin system
  • Collaborator: Hugh Sinclair (Edinburgh)

Caucasus

  • The Greater Caucasus is Europe’s largest mountain belt and yet, in marked contrast to the Alps, Pyrenees and Carpathians, relatively little is known about its evolution.
  • Collaborator: Steve Vincent, (CASP, University of Cambridge)

Other projects include:

  • Erosion history of northern and central Vietnam, van Long, Hoang (University of Hanoi)
  • Provenance of Loess deposits in China, Tom Stevens (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • South China Sea and its margins Yan Yi (Gaungzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China)
  • Uplift history of South Georgia (British Antarctic Survey)
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Regional tectonic and climate evolution linked to India-Asia collision

Figure 1 is of a map that shows the locations of ongoing projects directed at investigating the causes and consequences of India-Asia collision

Figure 1 is a map showing the locations of ongoing projects directed at investigating the causes and consequences of India-Asia collision

 

Figure 2 shows the output of a method-based study investigating how fission tracks form and behave within the crystal structure of apatite. This is from the paper:

  • Rabone, J.A.L., Carter, A., Hurford, A.J. and de Leeuw, N.H. (2008) Modelling the formation of fission tracks in apatite minerals using molecular dynamics simulations. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 10.1007/s00269-008-0250-6.

Figure 3 shows the output of a method-based study investigating how fission tracks form and behave within the crystal structure of apatite