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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

4. Qinghai-Tibet Plateau moves towards northeast (PD)

People's Deaily - China

"Extruded by the Indian Plate, the whole Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is moving towards northeast at the
speed of 7-30 millimeters annually", said Tan Kai when interviewed by reporters in the city of
Geremu, Qinghai Province on August 15.

Tan Kai, a doctor with the Seismological Research Institute of the China Seismological Bureau, is
doing GPS (global position system) data-collecting work along Kunlun and Wudaoliang mountains,
reports People's Daily on August 16.

From 1991 to the present, the GPS office of the research institute has applied global position
system for a long-term monitoring of the crustal movement of the Chinese mainland, obtaining the
most elaborate crustal movement graph of the mainland so far, especially the description of the
crustal movement of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau - the third pole of the world, which is advanced

Tan Kai said the latest research results show that the Lhasa landmass, the southern part of
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is moving towards the northeast 38 degrees at the annual speed of about 30
millimeters; the Kunlun landmass in the central part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau towards
northeast 61 degrees at the average annual speed of 21 millimeters; and the Qilian Mountains in
the north towards the northeast 80 degrees at the speed of 7-14 millimeters. That is to say that
the whole plateau is moving north and east at the annual speed of 7-30 millimeters.

Tan Kai added the movements change very little, by millimeters, which will not bring great changes
to Chinese plate. However, in several million years, the variation will still be very

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Conference on Tibetan Buddhism in Europe held in Switzerland August 13-14, 2005
  2. East-West wedding (CD)
  3. China plans world's highest airports in Tibet (AP)
  4. Qinghai-Tibet Plateau moves towards northeast (PD)
  5. Singer and dancer of Tibet - Look Who's Coming: Techung, Tibetan musician

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