The Himalaya is well known as the largest and highest mountain belt on Earth. Advances in geoscience over the past few decades have revealed a complex picture of the dynamics of this giant, opening up questions about the initial stages of Himalayan building, lateral variations in its structures, variations in tectonic forcing, tectonic-climate coupling and assessments of the natural hazards affecting this area.
In this three-volume book, we present the current knowledge on the building and present-day behavior of the Himalayan range. The objective is not to be exhaustive, but to provide some key elements used by researchers to unravel the many processes acting in the Himalayan dynamics.
Mountain environments are at the forefront of climate change with glacier retreat, landslides, flash floods and water availability. Understanding the delicate balance that controls the dynamics of the Himalayan giant is now, more than ever, a major challenge for the scientific community.
Part 1. Tethyan Himalayan Sequence.
1. Magmatism in the Kohistan–Ladakh Paleo-arc: Building Continental Crust During the India–Eurasia Convergence, Yann Rolland, Olivier Reubi and Sandeep Singh.
2. Suture Zone, Julia De Sigoyer and Jean-Luc Epard.
3. Geological Evolution of the Tethys Himalaya, Chiara Montomoli, Jean-Luc Epard, Eduardo Garzanti, Rodolfo Carosi and Martin Robyr.
Part 2. Greater Himalayan Crystalline Complex.
4. High-Pressure and Ultra-High-Pressure Units in the Himalaya, Julia De Sigoyer and Stéphane Guillot.
5. The Greater Himalayan Sequence – Tectonic, Petrographic and Kinematic Evolution of the Metamorphic Core Zone of the Himalayan Orogeny, Martin Robyr, Rodolfo Carosi, Salvatore Iaccarino and Chiara Montomoli.
6. Oligo-Miocene Exhumation of the Metamorphic Core Zone of the Himalaya Across the Range, Rodolfo Carosi, Salvatore Iaccarino, Chiara Montomoli and Martin Robyr.
Part 3. Lesser and Sub Himalayan Sequence.
7. Lithostratigraphy, Petrography and Metamorphism of the Lesser Himalayan Sequence, Chiara Groppo, Franco Rolfo, Shashi Tamang and Pietro Mosca.
8. Sedimentary and Structural Evolution of the Himalayan Foreland Basin, Pascale Huyghe, Jean-Louis Mugnier, Suchana Taral and Ananta Prasad Gajurel.
Rodolphe Cattin is a professor at the University of Montpellier, France. His activities performed in the Himalaya are on crustal structure imaging from ground and satellite observations, river dynamics and stress transfer associated with seismic events and surface processes.
Jean-Luc Epard obtained his PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (structural and Alpine geology) in 1990. He has been involved in 14 field expeditions in the Himalaya as participant or leader. His main area of expertise is the Mandi-Manali-Leh transect (India).
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