• Zhifei Liu
  • Wei Huang
  • Jianru Li
  • Pinxian Wang
  • Rujian Wang
  • Kefu Yu
  • Jianxin Zhao
Part of the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research book series (DPER, volume 13)

The South China Sea (SCS) receives approximately 700 million tons of deposits annually in modern times, including about 80% of terrigenous matters provided by surrounding rivers and 20% of biogenic carbonate and silicates and volcanic ash. A similar scenario has been indentified also in the geological past. Since the early Oligocene, the sea has accumulated about 14.4 thousand trillion tons of deposits, which contain 63% terrigenous matters and 37% biogenic carbonate with negligible biogenic silicates and volcanic materials (Huang 2004). Most of these deposits accumulated on the SCS shelf (43% of total sediment mass) and slope (52%). Such a huge deposition cover makes the SCS an ideal place to study terrigenous input, paleoceanograhy, and regional and global climate evolution as well as sedimentary evolution of the SCS.


Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry Mass Accumulation Rate Yinggehai Basin Nansha Island Leizhou Peninsula 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhifei Liu
    • 1
  • Wei Huang
    • 1
  • Jianru Li
    • 1
  • Pinxian Wang
    • 1
  • Rujian Wang
    • 1
  • Kefu Yu
    • 2
  • Jianxin Zhao
    • 3
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Marine GeologySchool of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Tongji UniversityChina
  2. 2.South China Sea Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesChina
  3. 3.Centre for Microscopy and MicroanalysisThe University of QueenslandAustralia

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