Journal article

Cenozoic deformation and exhumation history of the Central Kyrgyz Tien Shan

Euan A Macaulay, Edward R Sobel, Alexander Mikolaichuk, Barry Kohn, Finlay M Stuart



New low-temperature thermochronological data from 80 samples in eastern Kyrgyzstan are combined with previously published data from 61 samples to constrain exhumation in a number of mountain ranges in the Central Kyrgyz Tien Shan. All sampled ranges are found to have a broadly consistent Cenozoic exhumation history, characterized by initially low cooling rates (View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by German Research Foundation (DFG)

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by an Endeavour Research Fellowship and grant SO 436/4-1 from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to E. R. S. E. A. M. thanks Universitat Potsdam and the Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultat for additional support. A. M. thanks the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for supporting three visits to Germany. The University of Melbourne thermochronology laboratory receives infrastructure support under the AuScope Program of NCRIS. Douglas Burbank and Mike Oskin are thanked for providing six samples. We thank Christina Trautmann for her help with heavy ion irradiations performed at GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. Markus Safaricz, Misha Yaremovich, Andryj Derzhulo, and Vasyl Hyshchyn are thanked for providing field assistance. Finally, the authors would like to thank the Associate Editor, Richard Lease and one anonymous reviewer for their numerous insightful comments, which greatly improved the manuscript.