Geology and Sedimentology of the Korean Peninsula

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780124055186
eBook ISBN: 9780124055124
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 4th January 2013
Page Count: 348
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Written by one of Korea's most respected earth scientists, Geology and Sedimentology of the Korean Peninsula analyzes sedimentary facies, basin evolution, and sequence stratigraphy to provide answers to depositional processes and environmental changes through the Earth's history, including tectonic events, climate changes, and sea-level fluctuations. This is one of the first books covering the geology of the Korean peninsula. It offers an in-depth exploration of this region, which also allows comparison with sedimentary basins around the world. This is an important book for students, researchers, and professionals working in the geography of East Asia.

The study of sedimentary basins can help advance basic understanding of how the Earth's crust developed, as well as offer insights into the influence of environmental and climate change. Sedimentary basins are also of interest due to their importance in the exploration and recovery of natural resources, including oil and gas, water, and industrial minerals.

Key Features

  • Provides fundamental information on the geology of East Asia
  • Serves as a guide for integrated sedimentary basin analysis, providing a detailed aid for comparative research
  • Contains over 200 figures to illustrate the analysis


Students, researchers and exploration professionals working on the Korean Peninsula and sedimentary basins around the world.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

1.1 Geological Questions

1.2 Sedimentary Facies Analysis

2. Tectonic Setting

2.1 Basement Rocks

2.2 Constituent Lithospheric Plates

2.3 Major Geologic Events

3. Phanerozoic Granites

3.1 Occurrence

3.2 Origin of Granites

4. Okcheon Basin

4.1 Okcheon Group

5. Taebaeksan Basin

5.1 Geological Setting

5.2 Taebaek Group

5.3 Yeongwol Group

6. North China Platform in Shandong Province

6.1 Geological Setting

6.2 Cambrian Stratigraphy and Lithofacies Units

6.3 Depositional History and Sequence Stratigraphy

6.4 Comparison with the Taebaeksan Basin

7. Pyeongan Supergroup

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Lithologic Units

7.3 Depositional Model

7.4 Pyeongan Supergroup in the Yeongwol Area

8. Tectonic Evolution

8.1 Active Plate Collision

8.2 Imjingang Belt

8.3 South Korean Tectonic Line

8.4 Crustal Structure

9. Gyeongsang Arc System

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Gyeongsang Volcanic Arc

9.3 Gyeongsang Basin

9.4 Arc Volcanism

9.5 Intraarc Basins

9.6 Evolution of Gyeongsang Arc System

10. Other Cretaceous Basins

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Sihwa Basin

10.3 Gyeokpo Basin

10.4 Gunsan Basin

10.5 Eumseong Basin

10.6 Haenam Basin

10.7 Jinan Basin

11. Tertiary Basins

11.1 Background

11.2 Pohang Basin

11.3 Other Tertiary Basins

12. East Sea

12.1 Introduction

12.2 South Korea Plateau

12.3 Ulleung and Dok Islands

13. Jeju Island

13.1 Geological Setting

13.2 Scoria Cones

13.3 Tuff Rings and Tuff Cones

13.4 Seoguipo Formation

14. Yellow Sea

14.1 Introduction

14.2 High-Resolution Pr


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" extensively researched and well-documented book with numerous detailed drawings and sketches that can...give you a better geological understanding of the Korean peninsula."--Biz India, Geology and Sedimentology of the Korean Peninsula

"This is an extensively researched and well-documented book with numerous detailed drawings and sketches that can help you find answers to the above and give you a better geological understanding of the Korean peninsula."--Biz India Online News, April 17, 2014
"Chough summarizes the current knowledge of dynamic processes and environmental changes in the Korean peninsula on land and under the sea during the Phanerozoic Era. His main focus is on the evolution of sedimentary basins from sedimentary facies to plate tectonics."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013