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Geology of the Nepal Himalaya

Regional Perspective of the Classic Collided Orogen

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  • Comprehensively covers the classic continent-continent collision zone at the very heart of the Himalaya
  • Detailed regional descriptions with geological maps and cross-sections
  • New geological observations will motivate readers to carry out further research on diverse aspects of Himalayan geology
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Regional Geology Reviews (RGR)

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This book addresses the geology of the entire Himalayan range in Nepal, i.e., from the Gangetic plain in the south to the Tethyan zone in the north. Without a comprehensive look at the various Himalayan zones, it is practically impossible to fully grasp the processes at work behind the formation and development of the spectacular Himalaya. However, the goal is not merely to document all the scientific ontology but rather to reveal a sound basis for the prevailing concepts. Both the early literature on Himalayan geology and contemporary trends are fully covered. For the first time, the origin, use, and abuse of common Himalayan geological terms such as the Siwaliks, Lesser Himalaya, Main Boundary Thrust, Main Central Thrust, and Tethys are discussed. The book will help readers to progress from a cognitive approach to a constructive one by linking various types of knowledge, such as seeking relations between various geological structures as well as between earlier thoughts or views and contemporary approaches.

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Table of contents (36 chapters)

  1. Geological Setting and Physiography

  2. Introduction

  3. Geological Setting and Physiography

  4. Geology of Neighboring Regions

  5. Lesser Himalaya

  6. Higher Himalaya


“Dhital (Tribhuvan Univ., Nepal) provides a comprehensive review of the bedrock geology of Nepal, an important and classic location in the history of plate tectonics. … All chapters contain many maps and figures and a comprehensive list of references. Further, the volume includes a detailed table of contents and a 12-page index of geologic formations and places. The result is a valuable and important contribution to the earth sciences. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (N. Caine, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), June, 2016)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Megh Raj Dhital

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Geology of the Nepal Himalaya

  • Book Subtitle: Regional Perspective of the Classic Collided Orogen

  • Authors: Megh Raj Dhital

  • Series Title: Regional Geology Reviews

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-02495-0Published: 23 March 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-35205-3Published: 06 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-02496-7Published: 11 February 2015

  • Series ISSN: 2364-6438

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-6446

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 498

  • Number of Illustrations: 197 b/w illustrations, 107 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Geology, Structural Geology

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