Holocene slip rate along the Gyaring Co Fault, central Tibet

Xuhua Shi, Eric Kirby, Haijian Lu, Ruth Robinson, Kevin Patrick Furlong, Erchie Wang

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Abstract

Although geodetic measurements of interseismic deformation in interior Tibet suggest slow strain accumulation, active slip along the right-lateral Gyaring Co Fault is suggested to be between 8 and 21 mm/yr. Reliable geologic constraints on the slip rate along this fault are sparse. Here we document 12 ± 2m of right-lateral displacement of lacustrine shorelines across the Gyaring Co Fault. Optically stimulated luminescence ages of the shorelines are tightly clustered between 4.1 and 4.4 ka. These data require an average slip rate of 2.2-3.2mm/yr along the central Gyaring Co Fault during the latter half of the Holocene. Consideration of seismic cycle effects allows the possibility of slightly higher average slip rates, up to 2.2-4.5mm/yr. Overall, our results suggest that the slip rate along the Gyaring Co Fault is similar to other strike-slip faults in interior Tibet, supporting the notion that active deformation in this region is distributed among numerous, slowly moving faults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5829-5837
Number of pages9
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume41
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 28 2014

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Shi, Xuhua ; Kirby, Eric ; Lu, Haijian ; Robinson, Ruth ; Furlong, Kevin Patrick ; Wang, Erchie. / Holocene slip rate along the Gyaring Co Fault, central Tibet. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 2014 ; Vol. 41, No. 16. pp. 5829-5837.
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Holocene slip rate along the Gyaring Co Fault, central Tibet. / Shi, Xuhua; Kirby, Eric; Lu, Haijian; Robinson, Ruth; Furlong, Kevin Patrick; Wang, Erchie.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 41, No. 16, 28.08.2014, p. 5829-5837.

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