The Tectonics of China

Data, Maps and Evolution

  • Tianfeng Wan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Tianfeng Wan
    Pages 1-26
  3. Tianfeng Wan
    Pages 339-362
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 385-501

About this book


"The Tectonics of China: Data, Maps and Evolution" presents the regional geological and petroleum surveys of China, the author's original tectonic data, and research results of Chinese and international scientists (more than 1500 references) from the last three decades. It examines the main developments of geological evolution, a series of tectonic events in the overall geological history, 13 tectonic maps of the entire continent of Asia in different tectonic epochs, and a general discussion of the main tectonic characteristics of the Chinese continental plate. This book also intensively discusses the Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonics and intraplate deformations, which control the majority of ore deposits and oil-gas reservoirs and have a tremendous influence on the climates and natural disasters on the continent. Some important tectonic theory problems are discussed, such as the mechanisms of the widespread intraplate deformation, the variation of lithosphere thickness, the existence of mantle plumes, the dynamic mechanisms for global tectonics, and the author's proposed hypotheses on mantle plumes and meteorite impacts.

The book is intended for researchers and geologists working at universities, on geological surveys, for mining or petroleum companies, and for graduate students of geology and mineral resources.

Tianfeng Wan is Professor at the China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China.


HEP Himalaya uplift Intraplate deformation Lithosphere thickness Paleo-geography Paleo-magnetism Stress field Tectonic data China Tectonics Tectonics Cenozoic Tectonics Mesozoic

Authors and affiliations

  • Tianfeng Wan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Earth Sciences & ResourcesChina University of Geosciences (Beijing)BeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Higher Education Press, Beijing and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-11866-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-11868-5
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