Snails tell of the rise and fall of the Tibetan Plateau

29 agosto 2014

The rise of the Tibetan plateau — the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth — is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics. Scientists have now employed a cutting-edge geochemical tool — «clumped» isotope thermometry — using modern and fossil snail shells to investigate the uplift history of the Zhada basin in southwestern Tibet.