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How Tibet might keep its edge

The stability of the margins of the Himalayan–Tibetan mountain belt constitutes a puzzle. Repeated damming of major Tibetan rivers by glaciers, so controlling river erosion, is a possible explanation.

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Figure 1: River deep, mountain high.

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Figure 2: Possible mechanism for the preservation of the edge of southeast Tibet.

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Owen, L. How Tibet might keep its edge. Nature 455, 748–749 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/455748a

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