Advances in Earth Science ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (9): 950-961. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2019.09.0950

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Late Mesozoic Convergent Continental Margin with Magmatic Arc from East to South China Seas: A Review

Chengchen Zhang 1( ),Changhai Xu 1( ),Min He 2,Shunli Gao 3   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
    2. CNOOC China Limited-Shenzhen, Shenzhen 518054, China
    3. CNOOC China Limited-Shanghai, Shanghai 200335, China
  • Received:2019-02-20 Revised:2019-07-19 Online:2019-09-10 Published:2019-11-15
  • Contact: Changhai Xu;
  • About author:Zhang Chengchen (1988-), female, Changji City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Master student. Research areas include regional geological structure. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    the the National Natural Science Foundation of China “Late-Mesozoic arc-subduction-related igneous rocks from SW East China Sea to N South China Sea: Key constraints on East Asia convergent margin”(41876045);The National Science and Technology Major Project “Tectonothermal evolution of marine basin and platform development of resource evaluation”(2017ZX05005001-005)

Chengchen Zhang,Changhai Xu,Min He,Shunli Gao. Late Mesozoic Convergent Continental Margin with Magmatic Arc from East to South China Seas: A Review[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2019, 34(9): 950-961.

The Late Mesozoic is an important tectonic period for subduction of Paleo-Pacific slab beneath East Asia continent. It intensely led to Jurassic to Cretaceous magmatism associated with intracontinental deformation in South China. Subduction-related accretionary complexes remained regionally from SW Japan, E Taiwan to the W Philippines and Borneo. Studies on geology in South China, especially in magmatism, have been performed with good data, results, and sufficient understandings; whereas those arc-related intermediate igneous rocks have been less found. The areas from East to South China Seas which are located at the junction between sea and land will be the preferred areas for the study of the Late Mesozoic magmatic arc and the forearc basin. The relevant arc-related magmatic rocks and forearc sedimentary records have been increasingly discovered. Studies of magmatic arc and forearc basin combined with subdction complex will be essential to the reconstruction of the convergent continental margin in South China. Analyses of magmatic arc identification from South to East China Seas, arc to forearc relationship, and assembly between arc and regional faults will become necessary to improve the knowledge of the model of East Asia convergent continental margin, and as well help to develop the understanding of Late Mesozoic forearc basin and resource potentials in the southeast sea areas.

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