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Main Tectonic Events and Metallogeny of the North China Craton

  • Mingguo Zhai
  • Yue Zhao
  • Taiping Zhao


  • Links metallogeny with the tectonic events

  • of North China Craton from early Precambrian to Phanerozoic

  • Includes an overview and review of tectonic

  • events and new results on typical ore deposits in the North China Craton

  • Provides one of the best examples for documenting secular changes in the geological history and metallogenic epochs of an evolving Earth


Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Archean Crustal Growth and Metallogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Chunrong Diwu, Chengli Zhang, Yong Sun
      Pages 29-44
    3. Yu-Yheng Wan, Dun-Yi Liu, Hang-Qiang Xie, Alfred Kröner, Peng Ren, Shou-Jie Liu et al.
      Pages 65-83
    4. Lianchang Zhang, Changle Wang, Mingtian Zhu, Hua Huang, Zidong Peng
      Pages 85-103
  3. Paleoproterozoic Rifting-Subduction-Collision

  4. Great Oxidation Event

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Yanjing Chen, Haoshu Tang
      Pages 281-303
    3. Haoshu Tang, Yanjing Chen, Kaiyue Li, Weiyu Chen, Xiaoqing Zhu, Kunyue Ling et al.
      Pages 305-327
  5. Meso-Neoproterozoic Multiple Rifting and Metallogeny

About this book


This book focuses on the metallogeny and main tectonic events of the North China Craton from early Precambrian to Phanerozoic. It covers the Archean crustal growth, Paleoproterozoic rifting-subduction-collision processes, Great Oxidation Event, Meso-Neoproterozoic multiple rifting, Phanerozoic reworking of the North China Craton, as well as metallogeny related to above different processes. The North China Craton is one of the oldest cratons in the world. It has experienced a complex geological evolution since the early Precambrian, and carries important records of secular changes in tectonics and metallogeny. It provides a systematic review and new results on the growth and evolution of the North China Craton and metallogeny. It will be of broad interest to the earth scientists working in the fields of economic geology, geochemistry, and tectonics of the North China Craton and eastern Asian.


Metallogenic events Great Oxidation Event (GOE) Crustal growth supercontinent North China Craton Eastern Asian tectonic evolution Precambrian Geology Ore Geology Economic Geology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mingguo Zhai
    • 1
  • Yue Zhao
    • 2
  • Taiping Zhao
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Chinese Academy of Geological SciencesInstitute of GeomechanicsBeijingChina
  3. 3.Chinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhou Institute of GeochemistryGuangzhouChina

About the editors

Mingguo Zhai is a Research Professor at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; a Professor at Northwest University (China); a Guest Professor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Jilin University, and a Visiting chair professor at Sun Yat-Sen University. He received his B.Sc. (1976) from Northwest University (China), and his M.Sc. (1982) and Ph.D. (1989) from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was elected member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Academician) in 2009. His professional fields cover Precambrian geology, metamorphic geology and petrology. His research focus is on early crustal evolution, continental geodynamics and metallogeny.

Yue Zhao is a Research Professor and Vice-Director of the Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Changchun College of Geology in 1982 and a MS degree in structural geology and tectonics from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in 1986. His research interests include structural and tectonic evolution of East Asian and the East Antractica. He firstly propopsed that the Jurassic deformations in northern North China Craton is related to geotectonics transition from Paleoasian system and Paleotethyan system to Paleopacific active continental margin of eastern Asia. He is also the first one explained the meaning of the Pan-African events in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica and its inference on East Gondwana tectonics.

Taiping Zhao is a Research Professor at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include magmatism and related ore-forming processes. He has been focused on the study of the igneous rocks and related ore deposits in North China Craton and East Qinling-Dabie orogenic belt in the last two decades. His current researches mainly consist of two aspects, major Precambrian geological events and related ore-forming processes on the southern margin of the North China craton, and the petrogenesis and tectonic settings of the Mesozoic granitoids and metallogeny of the associated Mo-Au-Ag-Pb-Zn ore-deposits on the southern margin of the North China Craton.

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