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Oceanward shifting of the Hauterivian (Early Cretaceous) arc-trench system in East Asia

  • Osamu Takahashi
  • Masaki Matsukawa


Lower Cretaceous strata are sporadically distributed across East Asia, from the Asian continent to the Japanese Islands. They show an asymmetric array of sedimentary facies, which are interpreted to have accumulated in fluvio-lacustrine (continental/intra-arc) through shallow-marine shelf (forearc) to trench environments from west to east. The close temporal relations between the Cretaceous basins are discussed on the basis of the stratigraphic, paleogeographic, paleoceanographic, and tectonostratigraphic data. A significant environmental change in sedimentary basins of East Asia occurred during the Hauterivian; it shows as a rapidly eastward-migrating shoreline along the eastern margin of the Asian continent. The oceanward-shifting of depositional environments of Early Cretaceous basins would seem to be most easily explained as resultant from the growth of the accretionary wedge due to tectonic duplication. The duplication of the Jurassic to earliest Cretaceous accretionary complexes has been interpreted as resulting from oblique subduction of the Izanagi—Kula Plate in Hauterivian time (high speed of over 20cm/yr to NNW direction), accompanied with emplacement of a microplate (forearc) sliver along the eastern margin of the Asian continent. The oblique subduction of the Izanagi—Kula Plate below East Asia may have caused the strike-slip tectonics along its continetal margin during that time.

Key words

Early Cretaceous Hauterivian East Asia strike-slip Tan-Lu Fault Izanagi-Kula Plate arc-trench system forearc sliver 


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  1. 1.Department of Astronomy and Earth SciencesTokyo Gakugei UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Science EducationTokyo Gakugei UniversityTokyoJapan

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