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Tectonic geomorphology in the Hexi Corridor, north-west ChinaNormal access

Authors: Y. Li and J. Yang
Journal name: Basin Research
Issue: Vol 10, No 3, September 1998 pp. 345 - 352
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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The Hexi Corridor is a Cenozoic foreland basin system at the north-eastern margin of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. Active faults, having clear geomorphological expression, are mainly NW-trending reverse-sinistral faults and NNW-trending reverse-dextral faults. From the south-west to the north-east, landforms can be divided into three parallel zones arranged along the WNW faults. Longitudinally, three transverse uplifted blocks divide the Hexi Corridor into four subbasins. North-eastward motion of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau and eastward motion of the north-east part of the Plateau resulted in compressive and shear deformations and controlled the geomorphological pattern in the Hexi Corridor.

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