279 pages, 20 Fold out maps
Part 1 of this work covers the origin of mountains and tectonic facies mapping, and discusses the geologic thinking on orogenesis, the archipelago model of orogenesis, and the making of a tectonic facies map. Part 2 interprets the geology of the Greater Tibet in terms of the back arc evolution of two archipelagos and their collision. Part 3 defines the Paleozoic archipelagos of North China by delineating their magmatic front. The tectonic evolution of North China is interpreted in the basis of archipelago model of orogenesis. Part 4 interprets the geology of Central China in terms of its collision with two archipelagos, North China and South China. Part 5 interprets the geology of South China in terms of the back arc evolution and plate collision, pointing out that the terrains underlying South China are deformation belts, not a platform. Part 6 interprets the geology of NE China and SE coastal China in terms of a plate collision. Part 7 is a narrative of the Phanerozoic history of China through a summary of the geologic evolution of the various map units in this geologic Atlas. The paleogeographic evolution of China provides a temporal perspective for the understanding of the geology of China. The Atlas includes 24 atlas sheets and numerous text figures.
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