In March and April, 2016, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Niemi and colleagues from CU Boulder and the Chinese Academy of Sciences undertook a field expedition to the Bukadaban Range on the northern Tibetan Plateau.  These mountains, on the border between the Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces of China, are the footwall of normal-fault system, and reach peak elevations of 6770 m, rising well above the 5000 m elevations of the surrounding Tibetan Plateau.  Rock samples were collected from the range for analysis in Michigan's low-temperature thermochronology laboratory to determine when the fault system bounding the range became active, as the onset of extension in Tibet has been hypothesized to coincide with the time at which the Tibetan Plateau reached it's present-day elevation.