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The Geology and Tectonic Settings of China's Mineral Deposits

  • Modern English language geological and mineral deposits information on China
  • Most useful to Western (and Chinese) geoscientists
  • First time that a western-based book on China’s geology and mineral deposits is published
  • Appropriate for use by the mineral exploration industry

By: Franco Pirajno(Author)

697 pages, 89 colour & 126 b/w illustrations, 20 tables


Paperback | Apr 2014 | #218451 | ISBN-13: 9789401783873
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NHBS Price: £135.00 $177/€151 approx
Hardback | Aug 2012 | #205746 | ISBN-13: 9789400744431
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About this book

Extensive descriptions of a wide range of key or world-class mineral deposits of China are presented in the context of the country's general geology, tectonic units and mineral systems and their geodynamic evolution within the tectonic framework of the Asian continent.

This comprehensive overview, The Geology and Tectonic Settings of China's Mineral Deposits, incorporating the latest geological concepts, is the first such coverage written in English by a western expert, and will be of benefit to mineral explorers and miners, as well as to research scientists and students in institutions of higher education.

In his compilation of this compendium of Chinese geology and mineral systems, Franco Pirajno draws on first-hand knowledge of China's geology and mineral deposits gained in numerous field visits and research projects with Chinese colleagues from various academic institutions over the past 18 years. First time that a western-based book on China's geology and mineral deposits is published



1. Introduction
2. China's tectonic framework in the global context
3. North China and Tarim Cratonic blocks
4. Yangtze Craton, Cathaysia and the South China Block
5. Orogenic belts: South China, Central Central China and Qinling-Dabie, Hingan
6. Tianshan, Junggar and Altay orogens (NW China), the Alpine-Himalayan fold belts (Tethyan orogens), Kunlun and Songpan-Ganzi terranes
7. Large Igneous Provinces (Xiong'er, Dashigou, 827 Ma event,Tarim, Emeishan) and the Yanshanian tectono-thermal event of eastern China
8. Volcano-sedimentary and sedimentary basins in China: Junggar, Tarim, Tuha, Qaidam-Hoh Xil, Ordos-basins in Eastern China associated with lithospheric thinning (Songliao, Bohai)


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Franco Pirajno is a recognised expert on mineral systems, with more than 40 years of experience, in industry, academia and government. Considerable knowledge in tectonics, ore deposit geology in: Europe, southern Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, southwest Pacific, China, southern Siberia, Greenland and Australia. He is the author of three books and a monograph on mineral deposits and of more than 110 peer-reviewed papers.

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