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Uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and its Environmental Effects

     The Tibetan Plateau is the youngest and highest plateau on Earth formed by the collision of tectonic plates. The uplift of the Tibetan Plateau results in tremendous differentiation in the geographical environments in China, including the formation of landforms, large river systems, and the arid environments in Asian interior. Therefore this process has important impacts on the natural environments in both China and the northern hemisphere. Researches in this direction will be focused on the timing of the uplift, tectonic mechanisms and the environmental effects through geomorphology, sedimentary records and new tectonics. Scientific issues include the uplift processes, the evolution of mega-landforms and huge river systems, long-sequence of arid environment and the histories of major deserts in western China, and related Quaternary geological and environmental questions (like paleoglaciers). We aim to establish the precise coupling relationship between the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the aridification in Asian interior, the evolution of the Asian monsoon system and the spatial patterns of landforms and river systems. Researches in this field are essential for the construction of ecological environments in Western China.