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Research and Projects

Univ.-Prof. Mark Handy

Research and Projects

Current Research Interests

  • Plate kinematics in Tethys and the Mediterranean
  • Indenter tectonics in Alpine-Himalayan mountain belts
  • Evolution of Tethyan continental margins
  • Microstructure and rheology of fault rocks and anatectites
  • Radiometric dating of deformed rocks


Present & Recent Projects

  • Plate motions in Alpine Tethys and the Western Mediterranean (2007-present)
  • Exhumation in the Eastern Himalayan Syntax and the formation of the Tibetan Plateau (2008-present)
  • Shortening, extension and lateral extrusion in the Eastern Alps (2004-present)
  • Scaling of strain localization patterns at the frictional-to-viscous transition in continental fault zones (2002-2006)
  • Fault systems in front of the Apulian orogenic indenter and their role in exhuming high pressure rocks of the Western Alpine arc (2000-2005)
  • Tectonometamorphic age map of the Alps (2002-2004)
  • Numerical modelling of subduction, erosion and plateau formation in the Central Andes (2000-2004)