The north-striking Nanga Parbat-Haramosh Massif protrudes into the northwestern Himalaya along the axis of a great syntaxis1,2 (Fig. 1), where the Hindu Kush, Karakorum, and Himalayan ranges converge. As the Indus Suture Zone3 enters this region from the east it bifurcates into two branches, encircling what may be a docked island-arc terrane4. The southern branch (the Main Mantle Thrust) crops out on both flanks of the Nanga Parbat massif, forming a tight structural loop5. This massif and the adjacent terrane contain some of the highest peaks in the Himalaya; Nanga Parbat and the Indus River (located just 20km away) define the world's greatest continental relief (6,930 m). We report here the discovery of unexpectedly young sphene, zircon and apatite fission-track dates from the Nanga Parbat-Haramosh Massif. These dates (as low as 1.3 Myr for zircon and 0.4 Myr for apatite) imply that during the Pleistocene the Nanga Parbat region was uplifted and eroded at nearly 1 cm yr-1. ?? 1982 Nature Publishing Group.
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Fission-track evidence for Quaternary uplift of the Nanga Parbat region, Pakistan