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Current crustal movement in Chinese mainland

Abstract

The quantification of tectonic deformation in the Eastern and Central Asia is of great significance for the study on global plate motion and lithospheric dynamics. In the past four years, the velocity field of horizontal crustal movement for the Chinese mainland has been established for the first time thanks to the intensified GPS measurements and its improved accuracy. The velocity field derived from GPS measurements delineates the patterns of tectonic deformation in the Chinese mainland in the unprecedented detail, and thus reveals the new features of the ongoing tectonic process resulted from the collision of Indian plate to Eurasian plate. Meanwhile, the surface offset induced by two strong earthquakes occurred in Chinese mainland was sampled precisely using InSAR technique.

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Qi, W. Current crustal movement in Chinese mainland. Acta Seismol. Sin. 16, 574–582 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02893478

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Key words

  • current crustal movement
  • GPS
  • Chinese mainland