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Evolution of collisional orogens in space and time: the Alpine-Himalayan system in 4 dimensions

Edited by Chiara Montomoli, Salvatore Iaccarino, Jean-Luc Epard, Paola Manzotti

Continental plates collisions give rise to collisional-related mountains that are some of the most spectacular and dominant features of our Planet. During collision of continental plates, considerable deformation occurs with large scale overthrusting, burial and metamorphisms of continental lithosphere portions. The final anatomy and the shape of collisional belts are highly diverse, due to the interactions of several controlling factors, including the pre-collisional tectonic history, the rate and the angle of convergence, the mechanical strength and thermal state of the involved colliding plates. The youngest collisional system on the Earth is the Alpine-Himalayan belt, extending from Spain to Southeast Asia. Its general structure was pioneering described by Emile Argand in "La tectonique de l’Asie". 

On the occasion of the centenary of Argand work, presented during the XIII International Geological congress in Belgium (August 10, 1922), we propose a thematic volume with the aim of providing an updated view on the Alpine-Himalayan geology. We encourage the submission of multidisciplinary contributions focusing on the Alpine-Himalayan system, dealing with the reconstruction of the stratigraphic setting, the tectonics architecture (at different scales, from satellite to micro-and nanoscale), the tectono-metamorphic evolution integrating leading edge petrological or numerical modelling, petrochronology and thermochronology.

Submission deadline: June 30th, 2023

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