Full Title: The South Tibetan Detachment System, Himalayan Orogen: Extension Contemporaneous With and Parallel to Shortening in a Collisional Mountain Belt
Authors: Burrell C. Burchfiel, Chen Zhiliang, Kip V. Hodges, Liu Yuping, Leigh H. Royden, Deng Changrong, and Xu Jiene
This small volume represents a milestone in the continuing story of progress in the understanding of the world's greatest mountain range, dealing with a most far-reaching discovery: evidence of important normal faulting on the north side of the Himalayas, which first came to light in the early 1980s. The authors report and document for the first time just how extensive and pervasive that normal fault system is. The similarity to normal faulting in regionally extended terranes is remarkable and requires reconsideration of the widespread interpretation that extension follows convergence in orogenic belts. Observations documented here represent a dramatic step forward in the appreciation of the processes of mountain building. They relate not only to the Himalayas but also will help in interpreting other active mountain belts, including the newly recognized mountain ranges of Veus.