NorthEast Tibetan plateau Seismic experiment (NETS)

The Tibet plateau has been the prime site to understand the processes of continental collision, mountain building, and the interaction between tectonics and climate change. Most of the studies of the Tibetan crust and mantle structure to date have focused in southern Tibet with the primary objectives of understanding the continental collision process, the intrusion of the Indian plate into the Eurasian plate. In addition to the Indian plate in the south, the Tibetan plateau is bounded by other continental blocks that undergo little present-day deformation. They include the Tarim block to the northwest, the Gobi Platform and Sino-Korean craton (Ordos) to the north and northeast, and the Yangtze craton (Sichuan Basin) to the east. These blocks border the plateau with major thrust or transform faults and play an important role in the evolution of the plateau and in shaping the plateau to its present morphology. To understand the rise and growth of the plateau, we must also understand the processes at other boundaries of the plateau that control the escape of the excess crust and mantle material from the plateau.

NETS is a seismic experiment in the northeast Tibetan plateau to study the growth and rise of the plateau and its interaction with the surrounding tectonic units. The project is sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, China Academy of Geological Sciences, and China University of Geosciences (Beijing).