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Basement heterogeneity in the Cathaysia crustal block, southeast China

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Chris J. N. Fletcher
Chris J. N. Fletcher
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Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
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Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
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Lung. S. Chan
Lung. S. Chan
1
Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
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Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
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Roderick J. Sewell
Roderick J. Sewell
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Civil Engineering Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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101, Princess Margaret Road, Homantin, Hong Kong
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S. Diarmad
S. Diarmad
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Civil Engineering Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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101, Princess Margaret Road, Homantin, Hong Kong
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G. Campbell
G. Campbell
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Civil Engineering Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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101, Princess Margaret Road, Homantin, Hong Kong
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Donald W. Davis
Donald W. Davis
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Earth Science Department, Royal Ontario Museum
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100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada
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Jieshou Zhu
Jieshou Zhu
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Chengdu University of Technology
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Chengdu, China
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

Isotope signatures and TDM model ages in Hong Kong and neighbouring Guangdong Province have indicated that the basement of the Cathaysia Block is probably an amalgamation of narrow crustal slices, ranging in age from latest Archaean to Mesoproterozoic. Inheritance ages from zircons contained within Mesozoic volcanic and plutonic rocks also show Proterozoic and Archaean components. Regional gravity survey studies display NNE- to NE-trending Bouguer anomalies that are indicative of sharp changes in rock densities at middle and lower crustal levels. The anomalies displayed on the gravity profile from Guangdong to Hong Kong have been modelled as narrow slices of Archaean and Proterozoic crust. A substantial E-W-trending Bouguer anomaly, which largely parallels the trend of the foliation in the Proterozoic schists of the region, is present to the east of Guangzhou. It is proposed that the basement of the Cathaysia Block consists of an amalgamation of NE- to NNE-trending Palaeo- to Mesoproterozoic and Archaean crustal terranes, which in places have retained the pre-amalgamation E-W-trending tectonic fabric. The discontinuities between the basement terranes, and the E-W structures have strongly influenced the geological evolution of the Phanerozoic sequences and igneous complexes in southeast China. These are most obviously manifest in the regional NE-trending fault and shear zones that displace the cover sequences.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Aspects of the Tectonic Evolution of China

J. Malpas
J. Malpas
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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C. J. N. Fletcher
C. J. N. Fletcher
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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J. R. Ali
J. R. Ali
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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J. C. Aitchison
J. C. Aitchison
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Geological Society of London
Volume
226
ISBN electronic:
9781862394742
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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