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A collision zone occurs when tectonic plates meeting at a convergent boundary both bearing continental lithosphere. As continental lithosphere is usually not subducted due to its relative low density, the result is a complex area of orogeny involving folding and thrust faulting as the blocks of continental crust pile up above the subduction zone.


Notable examples include:

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  1. ^ R Gök, R., et al. Lithospheric structure of the continent–continent collision zone: eastern Turkey, Geophysical Journal International, 2007, Volume 169, Issue 3, Pages 789–1378
  2. ^ Karig, Daniel E., et al., Nature and distribution of deformation across the Banda Arc–Australian collision zone at Timor, GSA Bulletin; January 1987; v. 98; no. 1; pp. 18–32