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On the Origin of Low-Angle Detachment Faults

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Data from California’s Whipple Mountains suggest this complex was formed by a succession of steep normal faults, challenging the paradigm that detachments are different types of faults. Seismologic evidence has consistently shown that displacement on normal faults.... more

Characterizing the Faults Beneath Germany

Shannon Hall, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A team of researchers has described how the faults within the German Alpine Molasse Basin initially developed.     As Europe flexed down under the weight of the Alps, a foreland basin—the German Alpine Molasse, which today extends from Switzerland in the west to the.... more

Unraveling the History of Central Europe’s Pannonian Basin

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— A multidisciplinary model linking the sedimentary and tectonic histories of this structurally complex basin suggests that large amounts of extension occurred there between 20 and 9 million years ago. Although the interplay between sedimentation and tectonic processes.... more

A New View of the Plate Dynamics Behind Earthquakes in Ecuador

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Scientists get one step closer to an updated seismic hazard map that could help Ecuador prepare for future tremors. On 16 April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck coastal northern Ecuador, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands more. The quake hit in the.... more

Thin pre-collision crust can explain aspects of Indo-Asian convergence

Between 40 and 50 million years ago, the Indian and Eurasian continental plates collided, eventually forming the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. If an average crustal thickness is assumed before the collision occurred, recent research reveals that what’s left of the Eurasian and Indian plates after.... more

Mapping seismic activity in the Pamir Mountains

To better understand mountain building and the earthquake occurrence in a given region, it’s important to know detailed information about the region’s tectonics and deformation patterns. In the Pamir Mountains, which lie northwest of Tibet and extend across Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan,.... more