Nanga Parbat contents

Location map of Nanga Parbat. Western Margin location map

About Nanga Parbat.

The mountain of Nanga Parbat is the westernmost 8000m peak of the Himalayan chain. Geologically the mountain gives its name to a massif of rocks derived from the Indian continent. These rocks were originally thrust beneath the over-riding Kohistan island arc terrane (the southern margin of the Asian landmass prior to India-Asia collision). The Kohistan arc rims the Nanga Parbat massif on three sides. Early workers considered the massif to occupy the core of a north-south trending antiform. As a consequence of erosion through this antiform, today we can see levels within the collision belt that would otherwise be buried.

This web site provides a flavour of the geology of the Nanga Parbat massif, particularly its tectonic history. You can follow a virtual field excursion, examine the once deeply-buried continental crust in its heart, get additional information on the topography, exhumation and cooling history of the massif and a list of references to follow up.