Block model of greater Tibetan deformation

Richard Styron

I've spent quite a bit of time this year working on characterizing the fault network for China and the vicinity (Himalaya, Tien Shan and the northwestern Pamir). This has involved remapping HimaTibetMap and writing a new block modeling program to solve for internally-consistent slip rates on all the faults in the orogen. I will write more about that as time permits (or does not permit) but for now, please satisfy your desire for dynamic orogenic gerrymandering with this movie of Tibetan microplate/block motions from 5 Ma to 5 million years in the future (the present is halfway through when all the gaps close). This is based on instantaneous (Quaternary to decadal) Euler poles and may not be accurate paleogeography. But it's cool!

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