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Closure of the Himalayas
An ongoing project on the Cretaceous and Paleogene of Tibet and Bangladesh is contributing to the understanding of the knowledge of Himalayan erosion history and the proposed link between the orogen's erosion and changes in both global climate and ocean geochemistry.This research has focused on the history of the India-Asia collision and was done with collaboration of national and international researchers from UCL-Birkbeck, Lancaster University, Cambridge University, Cairn Energy plc Nanjing University, St-Andrews University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Petroleum, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, Vrije Universiteit, Leicester University, University of Dhaka. Syncollisional sedimentary rocks in the Himalayan orogen record important information about the history of the India–Asia collision. These rocks were inhabited by larger benthic foraminifera which provided unique information on the biostratigraphy, palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology of the region. This study have firmly established the age of the final demise of the Tethyan seaway branches in the central Himalaya through high-resolution biostratigraphy, which is essential to assess the impact of the Asia/Asia collision and subsequent early rise of the orogenic belt on oceanic circulation and paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes in Asia.
2 Researchers
2 External Collaborators
  • Prof. Xiumian Hu
    Nanjing University - China
  • Dr. Yani Najman
    Lancaster University - United Kingdom
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