River-Dominated Shelf Sediments of East Asian Seas
The rivers of East Asia are some of the largest and most important to human society and the global economy. They drain a variety of terrains from the Tibetan plateau, the hill country of southern China and the steep mountains of Taiwan. The sediment they carry potentially records the long-term evolution of continental environments within the marine stratigraphic record. Sediments reaching the ocean have to traverse the wide continental shelves where they may be reworked and transported by longshore currents, typhoon storm waves, as well as large ocean currents such as the Kuroshio. Deciphering any marine record requires us to understand the dynamics of sediment transport on the continental shelves, and this region acts as a global type example of such processes. Studies in this volume span a wide range of subdisciplines in the marine sciences and provide new insights into how sediment is distributed offshore after leaving the river mouths.
Late Quaternary tectonics, sea-level change and lithostratigraphy along the northern coast of the South China Sea
Published:January 01, 2016
Y. Zong, G. Huang, X. Y. Li, Y. Y. Sun, 2016. "Late Quaternary tectonics, sea-level change and lithostratigraphy along the northern coast of the South China Sea", River-Dominated Shelf Sediments of East Asian Seas, P. D. Clift, J. Harff, J. Wu, Y. Qui
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This paper examines the Late Quaternary evolutionary history of the northern coast of the South China Sea by reviewing geological evidence from this coast. Results show that: (1) a lithostratigraphy with two marine sequences is observed in the deltaic basins of the Song Hong, Pearl and Han rivers, and these basins are all bounded by active faults; (2) whilst the upper marine sequence belongs to the present interglacial or the past 10.5 ka, the lower or older marine sequence was most likely deposited during the high sea level of the last interglacial period, c. 126–120 ka; (3) the burial...