Manila — 2 Comments

  1. Seems like the Manila (South China Sea) slab is very visible while the other potential Paleo-Tethys slabs in the South East Asia are very hard to identify. There should be a slab between Yangtze block and Cathaysia which together form the South China block

  2. The Paleotethys slabs that must have subducted by collision of the N and S China blocks, or the closure of the Solonker suture, are expected to reside now in de deep lower mantle, in the famous ‘slab graveyard’ below Asia. There is a lot of high-velocity material at the core-mantle boundary below Asia that likely contains this Paleotethys material, and we have not (yet) been able to identify all individual slabs within the graveyard – DJJvH

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