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Geology of the China Seas

Geology of the China Seas represents the first English-language synthesis of the available research into the geology of the South and East China Seas. Among the marginal basins worldwide, these areas have been the focus of extensive research activities in the last three decades, and are now among the global hot spots in hydrocarbon explorations and scientific investigations. The region is experiencing rapid economic development with the offshore petroleum industry providing approximately one third of the domestic hydrocarbon production for mainland China. Gas hydrates have been successfully recovered from the China Seas for the first time.

Over the years, many volumes on the geology of the China Seas have been published in Chinese. Although an increasing number of papers in English have appeared recently, the majority deal with local or regional paleo-environment and sedimentology, and are scattered in different journals. This book brings together this rich data in one resource, particularly that generated by Chinese marine geologists and petroleum geologists, and provides the very first synthesis of the geology off China.


Researchers and postgraduate students in geology, marine sciences, and climate and environmental change, as well as geologists in industry, geographers and economists interested in offshore resources.

Hardbound, 702 Pages

Published: June 2014

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-59388-7


  • Ch.1 Introduction
    Ch.2 General Outline of the China Seas
    2.1 Introduction: Marginal seas between Asia and Pacific
    2.2 Bathymetry and geomorphology
    2.3 River deltas and catchments
    2.4 Oceanography and climatology
    Ch.3 Tectonic Framework and Magmatism
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Outline of present-day tectonic framework
    3.3 Mesozoic tectonic background
    3.4 Cenozoic continental margin rifting and subsidence
    3.5 The South China Sea and Okinawa Trough
    3.6 Magmatisms and neotectonics
    Ch.4 Sedimentology
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Modern sediment distribution
    4.3 Depositional history
    4.4 Terrigenous sediments
    4.5 Biogenic sediments
    4.6 Volcanic sediments
    4.7 Sedimentological summary
    Ch.5 Stratigraphy
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 An overview of lithostratigraphy
    5.3 Regional stratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy
    5.4 Isotopic and astronomical stratigraphy
    5.5 Stratigraphic summary
    Chapter 6 Paleoceanography and Sea-level Changes
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Paleoceanography: Long term trends
    6.3 Late Quaternary paleoceanography and sea-level change
    6.4 Summary
    Ch.7 Hydrocarbon and Mineral Resources
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Hydrocarbon resources
    7.3 Mineral resources
    7.4 Other resources
    7.5 Summary
    Ch. 8 History of the China Seas
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Occurrences of pre-Oligocene marine deposits
    8.3 Formation of modern China Seas
    8.4 Debates on Cenozoic marine transgressions in China
    Ch.9 Concluding Remarks


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