Statistical Analysis of Dispersion and Geochemical Patterns of Sedimentary System in Northern Shelf of the South China Sea
The northern shelf of the South China Sea is the site of dispersion for a large quantity of discharges from the Southeast China continent. Today, the shelf borders the most prosperous economic zone in China; it is also the site of a flourishing development of the Chinese marine industry, including offshore petroleum exploration and exploitation, fishery, aquaculture, and shipping. This chapter presents a statistical analysis of dispersion and geochemical patterns of the sea-floor sediments of the shelf based on data accumulated during the period 1964–1975. Thus the patterns represent the background configuration of the area with respect to the present patterns; the latter may be contaminated by the fast economic development in the area since the mid 1980s.
KeywordsClay Quartz Phosphorus Siliceous Petroleum
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