Himalaya and Tibet


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I am interested in the large scale dynamics of the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau. Why are they so large? Why are they so high? What can they tell us about the mechanical properties of continents? How do different parts of the Plateau move and deform? What is the role of faults in Tibetan dynamics? How do the faults of the Himalaya behave over both short and long time scales?


Mohadjer, S., T. Ehlers, R. Bendick, and S. Mutz (2017) Review of GPS and Quaternary fault slip rates in the Himalaya-Tibet orogen, Earth Science Reviews, in press.

Bilham, R., D. Mencin, R. Bendick, and R. Bürgmann (2016) Implications for elastic energy storage in the Himalaya from the Gorkha 2015 earthquake and other incomplete ruptures of the Main Himalayan Thrust, Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.09.055.

Mencin, D., R. Bendick, B. Upreti, D. Adhkari, A. Gajurel, R. Bhattarai, H. Shrestha, T. Bhattarai, N. Manandhar, J. Galetzka, E. Knappe*, B. Pratt-Sitaula, A. Aoudia, and R. Bilham (2016) Gorkha earthquake hints at reservoir of mid-Himalayan strain pending release in future great ruptures, Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo2734.

 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.

Bendick, R., S.F. Khan, R. Burgmann, F. Jouanne. P. Banerjee, M.A. Khan, and R. Bilham (2015) Postseismic relaxation in Kashmir shows lateral variations in crustal architecture and materials, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2015GL064670.

Bendick, R. and Ehlers, T. (2014) Extreme localized exhumation at syntaxes initiated by subduction geometry, Geophys. Res. Lett. doi: 10.1002/2014GL061026.

Bendick, R. and Flesch, L. (2013) A review of the mechanics of heterogeneous materials and their implications for relationships between kinematics and dynamics in continents, Tectonics, doi:10.1002/tect.20058.

L. Flesch and R. Bendick (2012) The relationship between surface kinematics and deformation of the whole lithosphere, Geology, doi: 10.1130/G33269.1.

R. Bendick, D. McKenzie, and J. Etienne (2008) Topography associated with crustal flow in continental collisions with application to Tibet. Geophys. J. Int., 174, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03890.x

R. Bendick and L. Flesch (2007) Reconciling lithospheric deformation and lower crustal flow beneath central Tibet, Geology 35(10):895-898.

Jade, S., B. Bhatt, Z. Yang, R. Bendick, V. Gaur, P. Molnar, M. Anand, and D. Kumar, (2004) GPS measurements from the Ladakh Himalaya, India: Preliminary tests of plate-like or continuous deformation in Tibet. GSA Bulletin, v. 116(11-12), p. 1385-1391.

Bendick, R. and R. Bilham (2001) How perfect is the Himalayan arc? Geology, v. 29, p. 791-794.

Bendick, R., R. Bilham, J. Freymueller, K. Larson, and G. Yin (2000) Geodetic evidence for a low slip rate on the Altyn Tagh fault system, Nature, v. 404, p. 69-72.