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Abdul Qayyum
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Visiting PhD student
A. Qayyum, MSc
Paleomagnetic Laboratory
Fort Hoofddijk
Middle East Techical University
Department of Earth Sciences
Utrecht University 
Budapestlaan 17, 3584 CD Utrecht 
The Netherlands 

Phone +90-312-2102685


Usually at:
Department of Geological Engineering
Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTU), 06531-Ankara, Turkey

Research of Abdul Qayyum

Post Oligocene Evolution of N-W Himalayan front, Potwar Playeau and Salt Range (Pakistan)

The India-Eurasia collison since the Eocene developed the Himalayan ranges, comprising a sequence of South verging thrusts. Ongoing convergence resulted in the formation of a molasse basin (Potwar plateau) and a fold-thrust belt (Salt range) in the Himalayan frontal region. 

Potwar Plateau, Pakistan
Tectonic elements of Potwar Plateau and Salt Range (MBT = Main Boundary Thrust)

These structures are the most recent expressions of Himalayan orogeny. The region is characterized by thin-skinned tectonics and the Himalayan frontal fold and thrust belt is detached over Cambrian evaporites. The evaporites result in a decollement level with very low basal friction, providing a gliding surface for the sedimentary sequences above the salt. An important part of these sediments are formed by the Siwaliks

On fieldwork with Naveed, Abdul, Jorik and Nuri

Drilling samples samples from the Baghanwala Fm. with Nuri Kaymakcı in the Salt Range

My research aimes to address the following issues:
  • Quantifying rotations in the Salt Range and Potwar Plateau caused by the ongoing convergence, including dating the age of these rotations
  • The amount of shortening that is compensated along the NW Himalayan front against the present convergence rate of the Indian plate.
  • Kinematics and structural development of Salt Range and Potwar Plateau
  • Developing a tectono-stratigraphic model of the NW Himalayan foreland basin

Collecting samples from the Soan Formation with Cor langereis, on the Potwar Plateau

publicationsPublications of Abdul Qayyum