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The Development of Geological Structures in China

Li Tingdong
GeoJournal
Vol. 4, No. 6, Recent Research in China (1980), pp. 487-497
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41142969
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

China is situated in the SE part of the Asian Continent, occupies a region where several intercontinental tectonic elements are superposed on one another. In the history of geology, China belongs largely to the "North Continent", except for the Himalaya region lying on the N edge of the Indian massif of the "South Continent". The greater part of the Oinghai-Xizang Plateau (Chinghai-Tibet Plateau) belongs to the middle segment of the huge-type Tethys tectonic zone, and the E part of China belongs to the Circum-Pacific tectonic zone of the Meso-Cenozoic era. According to Guo Wenkui six stages of the geological development in China may be distinguished (Guo 1978). The author has absorbed some of his views and data in this paper, and taking the three tectonic movements: The Luliang, the Jinning and the Indonesian movements as the turning points has summarized the evolution of geologic structures in China into four mega-stages: 1) the Pre-Luliang stage, 2) the Luliang-Jinning stage, 3) the Jinning-Indofiesfth stage, and 4) the Post-1 ndofieslan stage. Some information of the regional geologic survey and results of specific studies, and also the unpublished data obtained from the colleagues of the Institute of Geology, especially the final stratigraphic materials, have been made reference to during the preparation of this paper. The author wishes to express his thanks to all who have given him generous aid.

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