Upper crustal shortening and forward modeling of the Himalayan fold-thrust belt along the Budhi-Gandaki river, central Nepal

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dc.contributor Masterlark, Timothy
dc.contributor Martin, Aaron J.
dc.contributor Weislogel, Amy L.
dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, D. M.
dc.contributor.author Khanal, Subodha
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:22:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:22:10Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000149
dc.identifier.other Khanal_alatus_0004M_10232
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/655
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Geologic mapping along the Budhi-Gandaki River in central Nepal reveals 6 significant structures: 1) South Tibetan Detachment system; 2) Main Central thrust; 3) Ramgarh thrust; 4) Lesser Himalayan duplex including the Trishuli thrust; 5) Main Boundary thrust; and 6) Main Frontal thrust system. A balanced cross-section between the South Tibetan Detachment system and Main Frontal thrust reveals that the region has a minimum total shortening of 76% or 420 km. The breakdown of the accommodation of shortening on each thrust is as follows: Main Central thrust - 115 km; Ramgarh thrust - 120 km; Lesser Himalayan duplex including the Trishuli thrust - 156 km; Main Boundary thrust - 10 km; Main Frontal thrust system - 19 km. In order to validate the balanced cross-section, a reconstruction program was used to forward model the system. By moving faults with appropriate amounts of displacement over a reasonable configuration of undeformed stratigraphy from the hinterland to foreland, the deformation of the Himalayan thrust belt along the Budhi-Gandaki River cross-section is reproduced. The forward modeling program moves hanging wall rock over stationary footwall rock using each individual fault identified in the balanced crosssection. Hanging wall rock deforms as it is thrust over footwall structures. Using forward modeling, the cross-section has a shortening estimate of 412 km or 75%. The two shortening estimates are virtually identical indicating the balanced cross-section along the Budi-Gandaki River is viable and admissible.
dc.format.extent 105 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geology
dc.title Upper crustal shortening and forward modeling of the Himalayan fold-thrust belt along the Budhi-Gandaki river, central Nepal
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geological Sciencess
etdms.degree.discipline Geology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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