Lhasa Plate (Gangdise Plate) was a separate tectonic plate in the Mesozoic. It collided with Eurasia during the Cretaceous forming present-day southern Tibet.
Prior to the Mesozoic it was two blocks, the North Lhasa Block and the South Lhasa Block. About the end of the Permian these were amalgamated into the Lhasa Plate. The Lhasa Plate moved northward in the Cretaceous, and in the Cretaceous crunched into the Qiangtang Block forming the Banggongco-Nujiang Collision Zone (Banggong Suture) The collision may have begun as early as the late Jurassic, continued through the Cretaceous and into the early Paleogene.
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