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Project SINOPROBE in western Tibet: the Karakoram Fault, Stanford and SINOPROBE

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We have partnered with SinoProbe, the Chinese national scientific program led by CAGS (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences) to study the lithosphere. We are helping to design experiments and analyze and interpret the resultant near-vertical and wide-angle seismic profiles across the Karakoram Fault (and elsewhere in Tibet).

Project INDEPTH (International Deep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya), Stanford and Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

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Project INDEPTH (International Deep Profiling of Tibet and the Himalaya) is a multidisciplinary geophysical and geological investigation of the Himalayas and Tibet. Field projects associated with INDEPTH I, II, and III took place between 1992-2000 and covered Southern to Central Tibet. INDEPTH IV’s field season began in May/June 2007 with the acquisition of an active source seismic profile in NE Tibet.

Previous seismic studies have significantly elucidated the response of Asia to the impact of the Indian subcontinent from Southern to Central Tibet.

Project Broadband Salton Seismic Imaging Project (bb-SSIP), Stanford

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The Salton Trough was formed by past and current relative motions of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. In its northern edge, the right-lateral transform boundary of the San Andreas Fault system turns into the divergent motion of the East Pacific Rise, which continues south through the Gulf of California. The Salton Trough is highly active: it exhibits a high rate of seismicity; contains major active faults; and geothermal activity is evident on the surface.