Field work campaign on faults and earthquakes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

One focus of EwF is to investigate the active faults in the Tien Shan. We map them from satellite data and in the field, we measure their slip rates, and we reconstruct their earthquake history. These studies help us to understand how the continents deform. The data we gather can...

New EwF paper on the 1889 Chilik Earthquake (Mw8.0-8.3) in the Tien Shan

One of the focus areas of the EwF project is the Tien Shan, especially the northern part of the mountain range in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Here we can study how the continents deform as a far-field effect of the convergence between India and Eurasia. We investigate how the...

Field work on the Dzhungarian Fault in Kazakhstan

The Tien Shan in Central Asia is one of the largest mountain belts on Earth, stretching for more than 1500 km. Its ongoing deformation is driven by the collision of India with Eurasia. Some of the strongest intracontinental earthquakes that we know about have hit the region...

Active faults in northern China and some rather cold fieldwork

By Tim Middleton, PhD student at COMET+, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Inner Mongolia is cold in November. Snow and ice blanket the elevated plateau and the biting winds drag the temperature well below minus 20°C. An enormous wind farm, recently installed by...