February 2008 Meeting

Monday, February 11, 2008
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Pellissippi State Technical Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville
J.L. Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex


Tectonic Evolution of the Mount Everest Region, Tibet-Nepal

Dr. Micah Jessup
Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee-Knoxville


The Himalayan orogenic system provides an incredible natural laboratory to study the tectonic processes involved with continent-continent collision. Through an integration of kinematic analyses (vorticity of flow), metamorphic geology (Pressure-Temperature paths), U(-Th)-Pb geochronology, (U-Th)/He thermochronometry and isotopic geochemistry (spring water) our research group is working towards constraining various aspects of this tectonic history. This presentation will use results from our ongoing investigations in the Everest region to introduce several critical concepts of Himalayan tectonics such as channel flow, climate-tectonic coupling and orogen-parallel extension in the Tibetan Plateau.


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