Fast late Pleistocene slip rate on the Leng Long Ling segment of the Haiyuan fault, Qinghai, China

TitleFast late Pleistocene slip rate on the Leng Long Ling segment of the Haiyuan fault, Qinghai, China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsLasserre C, Gaudemer Y, Tapponnier P, Mériaux A-S, Van der Woerd J, Ryerson FJ, Finkel RC, Caffee MW
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth
Volume107
Date PublishedNov
ISBN Number0148-0227
Accession NumberWOS:000180527200011
Abstract

[1] Fieldwork along the western Haiyuan fault, where it cuts young glacial landforms in the Leng Long Ling range (Qinghai, northeastern Tibet), yields new constraints on its long-term left-slip rate. Our mapping near 101.85degreesE, based on aerial photographs, 1/50,000 topographic maps, and SPOT images, shows glacial valley edges and lateral moraines offset similar to200 m by the fault. Quartz-rich cobbles were sampled on top of one moraine for in situ Be-10 and Al-26 cosmogenic nuclide dating. Among 12 dated samples, the 6 oldest show ages clustering at 10,300 +/- 339 years. This age probably reflects the time of last reshaping of the moraine before the valley glacier withdrew south of the fault around the end of the Younger Dryas (similar or equal to11, 000 years B. P.). Assuming that the 200 +/- 40 m moraine offset started to be recorded after glacial retreat across the fault constrains the late Pleistocene slip rate on the Leng Long Ling segment of the Haiyuan fault to be 19 +/- 5 mm/yr.