See also: Shan (homonymy)
The Qilian Shan is an assembly line located at the North-East of the Chinese province of the Qinghai.
GeographyQilian Shan is formed many minor chains culminating with 4500-5000 m (culminating point 5547 m), directed the North-West in south-east, and separated by sedimentary basins located at close to 3000 m of altitude. It forms the part more in the North-East of the plate Tibetan. He is limited to the west by the basin of Qaidam, in north by large the sinistral Faille of Altyn Tagh, in the North-East by the Hexi Corridor (left south-western the Gobi Desert ). The lake Qinghai (largest of China) is located at the south of Qilian Shan.
GeologyQilian Shan is a very young assembly line, its rising having begun there is between 5 and 10 million years. This chain is the most recent consequence of the collision between the India and the Eurasia since 50 million years. The Chevauchement S are mainly directed the North-West in south-east, with a Pendage towards south-west. The chain is propagated towards the North-East. Many faults taking down cut out it. The pricipales are the faults of Altyn Tagh (sinistral), of Ela Shan (dextral) and of Ryiue Shan (dextral).
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