Doctoral Dissertations


Yunxin Peng

Keywords and Phrases

Crustal flow; Crustal thickness; Crustal Vp/Vs; East Tibet; Sichuan Basin


"To provide constraints on the mechanisms responsible for the uplift and crustal thickening of the eastern Tibetan Plateau, the thickness and Vp/Vs values of the Moho beneath 153 seismic stations are obtained by stacking P-to-S converted phases from the Moho and gravity modeling. The resulting crustal thickness generally decreases from the northwest to the south-east, from about 60 km in the Bayan Har Block to 30 km in the Sichuan Basin. The crustal Vp/Vs measurements in the Qinling Orogenic Belt, Bayan Har Block, Chuxiong Basin, and Yangtze Platform indicate an overall intermediate to felsic crustal composition. With a relatively thick crust, the inferred crustal Vp/Vs beneath the Bayan Har Block indicates that crustal shortening is accomplished by brittle crustal thickening between rigid crustal blocks, a conclusion that is in line with the observed density structure derived from Bouguer gravity data. High crustal Vp/Vs values up to 1.96 are observed along the Xianshuihe and southern Longmenshan faults. The observed spatial distribution of crustal properties is in agreement with the hypothesis that strain partitioning across deep-rooted faults and the presence of a localized crustal channel flow system both play a vital role in the lateral expansion of the eastern Tibetan Plateau"--Abstract, page iii.


Liu, Kelly H.
Gao, Stephen S.

Committee Member(s)

Rogers, J. David
Wei, Mingzhen
Yu, Youqiang


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geology and Geophysics


National Key Research and Development Program of China
National Science Foundation (U.S.)


This research is partially funded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2016YFC0601005), and by the United States National Science Foundation under grant 0911346.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2018


ix, 51 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 43-50).

Geographic Coverage

Plateau of Tibet


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 11720

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