Possible thermal buffering by crustal anatexis in collisional orogens: thermobarometric evidence from the Nepalese Himalaya

K. V. Hodges, P. Le Fort, A. Pecher

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One-dimensional thermal models suggest that large thrust faults may exert first-order control on the thermal structure of collisional orogenic belts, and an increasing body of petrologic data may be interpreted as consistent with these models. Presents new thermobarometric data from the central Nepalese Himalaya which imply that large sections of the Himalayan orogen may have been at roughly uniform temperatures during active thrusting, a phenomenon that is not predicted by existing models. This phenomenon is attributed to thermal buffering as a consequence of widespread in situ anatexis. If this process is common in the intermediate and lower crust of active orogens and if it is localized spatially, one-dimensional thermal models may produce an extremely oversimplified picture of heat transfer processes during collisional orogenesis. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-710
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


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