Virtual Special Issue: The evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt

The evolution of Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) has been under discussion for some time, so it stands to reason that many papers have been published on this topic in the past few years. Indeed in the recently released Research Fronts 2013* ‘Tectonic evolution of the southern central Asian Orogenic belt’ emerged as the top research front in the geoscience area, based on papers published from 2007 to 2012 and their citation patterns.

To highlight recent research which has been published in Elsevier’s journals about this research front, we have put together the following virtual special issue featuring a selection of articles on CAOB which we hope will be of interest to you.

We would like to thank the editors of the journals involved for their assistance in selecting these papers. All articles featured in this issue will be free to view until 21 August 2013 so please follow the hyperlinks on the titles below for one-click access to these papers.

Late Carboniferous collision between the Tarim and Kazakhstan-Yili terranes in the western segment of the South Tian Shan Orogen, Central Asia, and implications for the Northern Xinjiang, western China
Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 109, Issues 3–4, December 2011, Pages 74–93
Han, B.-F., He, G.-Q., Wang, X.-C., Guo, Z.-J.

The Altaids of Central Asia: A tectonic and evolutionary innovative review
Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 113, Issues 3–4, July 2012, Pages 303-341
Caroline Wilhem, Brian F. Windley, Gérard M. Stampfli,

Detrital and xenocrystic zircon ages from Neoproterozoic to Palaeozoic arc terranes of Mongolia: Significance for the origin of crustal fragments in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt
Gondwana Research, Volume 19, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 751–763
Y. Rojas-Agramonte, A. Kröner, A. Demoux, X. Xia, W. Wang, T. Donskaya, D. Liu, M. Sun

Reassessment of continental growth during the accretionary history of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt
Gondwana Research, Available online 23 January 2013
A. Kröner, V. Kovach, E. Belousova, E. Hegner, R. Armstrong, A. Dolgopolova, R. Seltmann, D.V. Alexeiev, J.E. Hoffmann, J. Wong, M. Sun, K. Cai, T. Wang, Y. Tong, S.A. Wilde, K.E. Degtyarev, E. Rytsk

Geochemical data and zircon ages for rocks in a high-pressure belt of Chu-Yili Mountains, southern Kazakhstan: Implications for the earliest stages of accretion in Kazakhstan and the Tianshan
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Volume 42, Issue 5, 10 October 2011, Pages 805–820
D.V. Alexeiev, A.V. Ryazantsev, A. Kröner, A.A. Tretyakov, X. Xia, D.Y. Liu

Geochronology of the Phanerozoic granitoids in northeastern China
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Volume 41, Issue 1, 30 April 2011, Pages 1–30
F.-Y. Wu, D.-Y.Sun, W.-C. Ge, Y.-B., Zhang, M.L., Grant, S.A. Wilde, B.-M. Jahn

The North Nuratau Fault Zone, Uzbekistan-Structure and evolution of a Palaeozoic Suture Zone
Journal of Geodynamics, Volume 64, March 2013, Pages 1–14
B. Nurtaev, V. Kharin, T. McCann, M. Valdivia-Manchego

Mountain building processes in intracontinental oblique deformation belts: Lessons from the Gobi Corridor
Journal of Structural Geology, Volume 46, January 2013, Pages 255–282
Dickson Cunningham

Comparison between the Permian mafic dykes in Tarim and the western part of Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), NW China: Implications for two mantle domains of the Permian Tarim Large Igneous Province
Lithos, Available online 6 December 2012
CL Zhang, H-B Zou

Geochronology, petrogenesis and tectonic significance of peraluminous granites from the Chinese Altai, NW China
Lithos, Volume 127, Issues 1–2, November 2011, Pages 261–281
K. Cai, M. Sun, C. Yuan, G. Zhao, W. Xiao, X.Long, F. Wu

Geochronology and geochemistry of submarine volcanic rocks in the Yamansu iron deposit, Eastern Tianshan Mountains, NW China: Constraints on the metallogenesis
Ore Geology Reviews, Available online 4 April 2013
Tong Hou, Zhaochong Zhang, M. Santosh, John Encarnacion, Jiang Zhu, Wenjuan Luo

Progressive accretionary tectonics of the Beishan orogenic collage, southern Altaids: Insights from zircon U–Pb and Hf isotopic data of high-grade complexes
Precambrian Research, Volume 227, April 2013, Pages 368–388
Dongfang Song, Wenjiao Xiao, Chunming Han, Jiliang Li, Junfeng Qu, Qianqian Guo, Lina Lin, Zhongmei Wang

Tectonic evolution of the Siberian paleocontinent from the Neoproterozoic to the Late Mesozoic: paleomagnetic record and reconstructions
Russian Geology and Geophysics, Volume 53, Issue 7, July 2012, Pages 675–688
D.V. Metelkin, V.A. Vernikovsky, A.Yu. Kazansky

Eocene Neotethyan slab breakoff in southern Tibet inferred from the Linzizong volcanic record
Tectonophysics, Volume 477, Issues 1–2, 1 November 2009, Pages 20–35
Hao-Yang Lee, Sun-Lin Chung, Ching-Hua Lo, Jianqing Ji, Tung-Yi Lee, Qing Qian, Qi Zhang

Paleozoic tectonics of the southern Chinese Tianshan: Insights from structural, chronological and geochemical studies of the Heiyingshan ophiolitic mélange (NW China)
Tectonophysics, Volume 497, Issues 1–4, 2 January 2011, Pages 85–104
B. Wang, L. Shu, M. Faure, B.-M. Jahn, D. Cluzel, J. Charvet, , S.-L. Chung, S. Meffre

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