Lin Ding

Lin Ding
Chinese Academy of Sciences | CAS · Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research

PhD

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The Cenozoic tectonic evolution of central Tibet plays an important role in the growth of the Tibetan plateau. Paleoelevation studies show that the central Tibetan plateau hosted an east-west trending belt of basins in the Paleogene, but how they relate to the regions uplift history remains unclear. This study addresses the uplift history of the ce...
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Recognition of the existence of an Andean-type continental margin in southern Tibet prior to its collision with India has provided crucial constraints on the formation of the Tibetan Plateau and South Asian climate evolution. Here, we focused on well-dated Late Cretaceous successions in the Linzhou Basin and determined the elevation changes from se...
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The uplift of eastern Tibet, Asian monsoon development and the evolution of globally significant Asian biodiversity are all linked, but in obscure ways. Sedimentology, geochronology, clumped isotope thermometry, and fossil leaf-derived numerical climate data from the Relu Basin, eastern Tibet, show at ∼50–45 Ma the basin was a hot (mean annual air...
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Paleomagnetic data constrain paleogeographic motion of rocks relative to the Earth's spin axis, which is a sum of plate motion relative to the mantle and true polar wander. Discerning between these effects is challenging for studies aiming to reconstruct paleo-plate motions from deformed orogenic terranes. Here, we study the paleolatitudinal drift...
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One of the central tenets of the snowball Earth hypothesis is the global recognition of the glacial diamictite-cap carbonate couplets in the Cryogenian sedimentary record. However, the scarcity of such peculiar stratigraphic elements in the Neoproterozoic successions of the Himalaya brings into question the severity and global extent of the snowbal...
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To understand the early topographic growth of the Tibetan Plateau and the causes and effects of climate change in this region, it is important to reconstruct the drainage evolution across Southeast Tibet. Based on age constraints provided by detrital zircons in the fluvial sandstones in the Khorat Plateau Basin, we identified a major Early Cretaceo...
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Himalayan orogenesis remains enigmatic in terms of Tibetan Plateau geodynamics originating from the Cenozoic India–Eurasian continental collision. India underthrusts below Tibet to the Yarlung–Tsangpo suture, which has been identified as the northernmost boundary for underplating. However, the way in which the historical evolution of continental su...
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This study provides an insight to the provenance of the Late Cretaceous Pab Formation exposed in the Sulaiman fold‐thrust belt, Pakistan. The methodology adopted consisted of sandstone petrography and U–Pb detrital zircon geochronology. The sandstone petrography indicates craton interior and recycled orogenic provenances that points to an Indian pr...
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The timing of the initial India–Asia collision and the mechanisms that led to the eventual formation of the high (>5 km) Tibetan Plateau remain enigmatic. In this Review, we describe the spatio-temporal distribution and geodynamic mechanisms of surface uplift in the Tibetan Plateau, based on geologic and palaeo-altimetric constraints. Localized mou...
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One of the central tenets of the snowball Earth hypothesis is the global recognition of the glacial diamictite-cap carbonate couplets in the Cryogenian sedimentary record. However, the scarcity of such peculiar stratigraphic elements in the Neoproterozoic successions of the Himalaya brings into question the severity and global extent of the snowbal...
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Globally elevated temperatures during the Cretaceous extreme greenhouse climate interval were punctuated by the Valanginian Weissert event, which was characterised by a positive carbon isotope excursion, global cooling, and a glacial event approximately at 135 Ma. The inability to disentangle ocean temperature and continental ice volume trends hind...
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New zircon U-Pb dating results from the Zonggei Formation volcanics indicate that the volcanic rocks formed at ∼114–110 Ma. Paleomagnetic data, petrography, and rock magnetism confirm the primary nature of isolated characteristic remanent magnetizations carried by titanomagnetite and hematite. A statistical analysis of the combined results from the...
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Detrital zircon geochronology has rapidly evolved into a powerful tool for reconstructing the assembly and dispersal processes of supercontinents. Currently, the dispersal history of Gondwanaland remains highly controversial. Here we focus on detrital zir-con geochronology of the Gondwana (Car-boniferous-Permian Kokaha Diamictite and Jurassic-Creta...
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The Longshou Shan of western China is the northern backstop of the Cenozoic Himalayan-Tibetan orogen and occupies a key linkage between the Tarim continent and North China craton which separate the pre-Cenozoic Tethyan orogenic system and Central Asian orogenic system. Therefore, the Paleoproterozoic–Paleozoic evolution of this region is critical t...
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The along‐strike heterogeneity in the tectonics of Himalaya is well recognized; however, the eastern segment of Himalaya is less studied compared to the other segments. This study combines the comprehensive field data, as well as the U–Pb geochronology of sandstone samples from the Indo‐Burma Range (east India). The study shows that the Lower Disan...
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Significance Our regional-scale geochemical dataset ( ³ He/ ⁴ He) resolves the geometry of the continental collision between India and Asia. Geophysical images have led to contradictory interpretations that India directly underthrusts Tibet as a horizontal plate or India subducts steeply into the mantle. Helium transits from mantle depths to the su...
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This study reports the first-ever detrital zircon provenance investigation of sandstones of the Kamlial Formation, exposed in Kashmir Basin along the Kohala–Bagh road section (Muzaffarabad, Pakistan). Analysis of probability density plots of detrital U-Pb zircon ages displayed a major age population clustered around ≈400–1200 Ma and a minor age pop...
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The Triassic tectonic setting of Tethyan Himalaya in southern Tibet remains controversial and is key to revealing the mechanism of Neo-Tethys Ocean opening and the breakup history of Gondwana. This paper reports 227–225 Ma mafic volcanic rocks interbedded within the Tethyan Himalaya sequence in southern Tibet, which were formed in a typical passive...
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Reconstructing the Paleogene topography and climate of central Tibet informs understanding of collisional tectonic mechanisms and their links to climate and biodiversity. Radiometric dates of volcanic/sedimentary rocks and paleotemperatures based on clumped isotopes within ancient soil carbonate nodules from the Lunpola Basin, part of an east-west...
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The early uplift of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) had a profound influence on the paleoenvironment and paleoclimate. However, we still have little information about the link between the paleoclimatic changes and flora ecosystem caused by the uplift. The Eocene fluvial-lacustrine sequences in the Gonjo Basin, eastern TP, provide excellent archives of the...
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Deep subduction of plate generally could induce a partial molten low-velocity layer (LVL) atop the mantle transition zone (MTZ) around the subduction zone. But the effects of the LVL to its upper lithosphere are less known, especially at the oceanward direction of subducted slab. Here, we image the seismic velocity structure atop the MTZ by matchin...
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Accretionary complexes are an indispensable source of information for studying the subduction history and source-to-sink system of the Neo-Tethyan Ocean and neighboring terranes. In this study, we conducted field mapping, detrital zircon U–Pb age and trace element analyses, and electronic microprobe composition analysis of detrital Cr-spinel in san...
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The Proterozoic–Phanerozoic tectonic evolution of the Qilian Shan, Qaidam Basin, and Eastern Kunlun Range was key to the construction of the Asian continent, and understanding the paleogeography of these regions is critical to reconstructing the ancient oceanic domains of central Asia. This issue is particularly important regarding the paleogeograp...
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This study reported the detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of the Cenozoic sequence exposed in Kotli, northwestern Himalaya, Pakistan, which forms part of the Kashmir foreland basin. The U-Pb detrital age patterns of the Paleocene Patala Formation show a major age cluster between ~130–290 Ma, ~500–1000 Ma and ~1000–1500 Ma, which mainly resembles t...
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The Indian Plate began drifting northward after the Gondwana breakup and collided with the Eurasian Plate during the Early Cenozoic, resulting in the consequential development of the Himalayan–Tibetan Orogeny. Several microcontinents were rifted from Gondwana and amalgamated with the Indian Plate, resulting in magmatism along the continental margin...
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The tectonic evolution of the Sibumasu Block during the Permian remains controversial, and Permian faunas and their paleobiogeographic affinities provide some insight into its paleogeographic and tectonic evolutionary histories. In this paper, a new brachiopod fauna dominated by Spinomartinia prolifica Waterhouse, 1981 is described from the uppermo...
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The configuration and timing of the Arabia‐Eurasia continental collision, part of the broader Alpine‐Himalayan collisional system, remains controversial. We conducted sandstone petrology, detrital zircon U‐Pb‐Hf isotopic and trace element analysis, and Cr‐spinel electron microprobe geochemical analysis of samples from Paleocene to Miocene periphera...
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The Gangdese orogenic belt in southern Tibet records a succession of arc-trench-basin assemblages formed by the Neo-Tethyan subduction and the subsequent India-Asian collision. However, the geochronology and geodynamics of S-type granites in the northern part of the Gangdese belt are disputed. This paper describes ∼190 Ma S-type granitoids outcropp...
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Despite decades of research, the mechanisms and processes of subduction initiation remain obscure, including the tectonic settings where subduction initiation begins and how magmatism responds. The Cretaceous Mawgyi Volcanics represent the earliest volcanic succession in the Wuntho-Popa arc of western Myanmar. This volcanic unit consists of an exce...
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Despite decades of research, the mechanisms and processes of subduction initiation remain obscure, including the tectonic settings where subduction initiation begins and how magmatism responds. The Cretaceous Mawgyi Volcanics represent the earliest volcanic succession in the Wuntho-Popa arc of western Myanmar. This volcanic unit consists of an exce...
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This study documented the field relationship and integrated provenance of a clastic sequence exposed at the Mesozoic–Cenozoic boundary located in Changla Gali section, Lesser Himalaya, Pakistan, to provide an insight into Cretaceous tectonics of the northern Indian margin. This boundary sequence is represented by the Early Palaeocene Hangu Formatio...
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Quantifying how land surface height, such as that of the Tibetan region, has changed with time is crucial for understanding a range of Earth processes, including atmospheric dynamics, biotic evolution and tectonics. Elevation reconstructions are highly uncertain and controversial, in part because of assumptions used in their calculation. The larges...
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North-trending rifts throughout south-central Tibet provide an opportunity to study the dynamics of synconvergent extension in contractional orogenic belts. In this study, we present new data from the Dajiamang Tso rift, including quantitative crustal thickness estimates calculated from trace/rare earth element zircon data, U-Pb geochronology, and...
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Signals of uplift and deformation across the Tibetan Plateau associated with the Cenozoic India-Asia collision can be used to test debated deformation mechanism(s) and the growth history of the plateau. The spatio-temporal evolution of the Eastern Kunlun Range in northern Tibet provides a window for understanding the intracontinental tectonic evolu...
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The Proterozoic‐Phanerozoic evolution of the Tarim and North China cratons is integral to the construction of the Eurasian continent. Throughout the Paleozoic, these continents were bound by the Paleo‐Asian and Tethyan Oceans to the north and south, respectively, and thus their paleogeography is critical to reconstructions of the oceanic domains. S...
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The growth history and formation mechanisms of the Cenozoic Tibetan Plateau are the subject of an intense debate with important implications for understanding the kinematics and dynamics of large-scale intracontinental deformation. Better constraints on the uplift and deformation history across the northern plateau are necessary to address how the...
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The Himalayan Mountain System (HMS) and the Tibetan Plateau (TP) represent an active mountain belt, with continent-continent collision. Geological and geophysical (seismological modeling, seismic reflection, and gravity) data is reviewed herein for an overview of the lithospheric deformation and active tectonics of this orogen. Shallow crustal defo...
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Asian aridification during the Cenozoic was strongly related to moisture flux modulated by sea incursion and the retreat fluctuations of the proto-Paratethys Sea via the Westerlies. However, the extents of the sea incursions are poorly constrained, and there is a lack of sedimentary records beyond the Central Asian basins. The Middle to Late Cretac...
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Significance The ancient topography of the Tibetan Plateau and its role in biotic evolution are still poorly understood, mostly due to a lack of fossil evidence. Our discovery of ∼47-Mya plant fossils from a present elevation of 4,850 m in central Tibet, diminishes, significantly, that lack of knowledge. The fossils represent a humid subtropical ve...
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The Jijal ultramafic–mafic complex in Pakistan probably preserves the most complete fragments of the petrological Moho. However, a few studies argue for multiple origins (including petrogenetic speculations and tectonic reconstructions) for different lithologies. One of the main reasons for this dispute is the lack of direct age information of the...
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The surface uplift of the Tibetan Plateau (TP) and its geomorphology evolution has triggered aridification of Asia's interior and drainage development at the eastern margin of the plateau. However, how the pre-Cenozoic early growth histories of the TP impact the drainage system and climate is poorly constrained. The Late Mesozoic Lacustrine evapori...
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Trench basins preserved along the southern margin of the Lhasa Terrane, Tibet, are sedimentologic records of convergent margin processes preceding Cenozoic India–Asia collision. We present new sedimentologic, petrographic and geochronologic data from the Rongmawa Formation and surrounding strata near Dênggar, Tibet, to determine depositional enviro...
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The India-Asia collision is an outstanding smoking gun in the study of continental collision dynamics. How and when the continental collision occurred remains a long-standing controversy. Here we present two new paleomagnetic data sets from rocks deposited on the distal part of the Indian passive margin, which indicate that the Tethyan Himalaya ter...
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The widespread Linzizong volcanic successions (LVS) in the Lhasa Terrane was a magmatic response to the tectonic transition from Neo‐Tethyan oceanic subduction to the India–Asia collision, which has been the subject of many studies; however, studies on the LVS in the western Lhasa Terrane are scarce compared to those in the east, limiting our under...
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Views differ on the uplift history of the SE Tibetan Plateau and causal geodynamic mechanisms, yet reliable age-constrained paleoaltimetry in this region could test growth models of the entire plateau. Here we apply carbonate clumped isotope thermometry to well-dated carbonate paleosols and marls in the Gonjo Basin, SE Tibet, to reveal the topograp...
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Red beds are important targets for paleomagnetic studies, yet discriminating secondary chemical remanent magnetization (CRM) from primary depositional remanent magnetization (DRM) in them remains challenging. Here we re-analyze the thermal demagnetization data of and conduct comprehensive rock magnetic, Mössbauer spectroscopic and petrographic stud...
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The Bayan Obo REE-Nb-Fe deposit, which reserves the current largest REE resources globally, also hosts over 70% of China’s Nb resources. Unlike many world-class carbonatite-related Nb deposits (e.g. Morro dos Seis Lagos and Araxá, Brazil) with igneous or secondary origin, Nb was mainly stored in Nb-bearing minerals (aeschynite, ilmenorutile, baotit...
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Magmatic processes that occur during the transition from oceanic to continental subduction and collision in orogens are critical and still poorly resolved. Oceanic slab detachment in particular is hypothesized to mark a fundamental change in magmatism and deformation within an orogen. Here, we report on two Quaternary volcanic centers of Myanmar th...
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Shi et al. (2020) commented on our recent work (Li et al. 2019), which reconstructed the Wilson cycle of the Bangong-Nujiang Tethyan Ocean. They questioned our preferred latest Jurassic-Early Cretaceous Lhasa-Qiangtang initial collision model, and argued that the Bangong-Nujiang Tethyan Ocean did not close until the Late Cretaceous, based on the ex...
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Hydrothermal processes have played a significant role in rare earth element (REE) precipitation in the Bayan Obo REE-Nb-Fe deposit. The poor preservation of primary fluid inclusions and superposition or modification by multiphase hydrothermal activities have made identification of physico-chemical conditions of ore-forming fluids extremely difficul...