Central Asia

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I am studying the surface deformation in the Pamir region of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and northwestern Pakistan) using geodetic GPS. I am interested in the similarities and differences between this area and the Tibetan Plateau to the east. Our latest results show that the Indian-Asian collision is accommodated in two different ways in the region: localized shortening on the northern margin of the Pamir and very distributed shortening in the Hindu Kush.  We also observe that the Pamir has much less east-west stretching than the Tibetna Plateau to the east.


Metzger, S., Schurr, B., Ratschbacher, L., Sudhaus, H., Kufner, S., Schone, T., Zhang, Y., Perry, M., and Bendick, R. (2017) The 2015 M7.2 Sarez strike-slip earthquake in the Pamir interior: response to the underplating of India’s western promontory, Tectonics, 10.1002/2017TC004581.

Jay, C.*, L. Flesch, and R. Bendick (2017) Kinematics and dynamics of the Pamir, Central Asia: quantifying surface deformation and force balance in an intracontinental subduction zone, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1002/2017JB014177.

Mohadjer, S.*, T. Ehlers, R. Bendick, K. Stubner, and T. Strube (2016) A Quaternary fault database for central Asia, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 16, 529-542, doi:10.5194/nhess-16-529-2016.

Ischuk, A., et al. (2013), Kinematics of the Pamir and Hindu Kush regions from GPS geodesy, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50185.

S. Mohadjer, R. Bendick, A. Ischuk, S. Kuzikov, A. Kostuk, U. Saydullaev, S. Lodi, D. M. Kakar, A. Wasy, M.A. Khan, P. Molnar, R. Bilham, and A. Zubovich (2010), Partitioning of India-Eurasia convergence in the Pamir-Hindu Kush from GPS measurements, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L04305, doi:10.1029/2009GL041737

S. Mohadjer, R. Bendick, S. Halvorson, U. Saydullaev, O. Abduaziz, C. Stickler, and Z. Adam (2010) Earthquake emergency education in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Journal of Geoscience Education, 58, 213-220.