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Palaeo-altimetry of Tibet (reply)

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Molnar et al.1 question our conclusion on the role of convective destabilization of thickened mantle lithosphere in determining the surface elevation history of the Tibetan plateau. The primary argument depends on our interpretation2,3 of oxygen-isotope-based estimates of palaeo-elevation of the Lunpola basin, a locality in the centre of the plateau.

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  1. Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, Chicago, 60637, Illinois, USA

    • D. B. Rowley
  2. Department of Geology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 45056, USA

    • B. S. Currie


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