Subduction and Closure of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean along the Solonker Suture Zone: Constraints from an Integrated Sedimentary Provenance Analysis

  • Paul R. Eizenhöfer

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Paul R. Eizenhöfer
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  3. Paul R. Eizenhöfer
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  4. Paul R. Eizenhöfer
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  5. Paul R. Eizenhöfer
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  6. Paul R. Eizenhöfer
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 127-270

About this book


This Ph.D. thesis attempts to decipher the closure of the Palaeozoic Palaeo-Asian Ocean along the enigmatic Solonker Suture in East Asia adopting a methodology that integrates geochemical and geochronological data from Palaeozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks in the region. It provides an in-detail but also broad insight into the Palaeozoic to early Mesozoic tectonic evolution of the region, not only pin-pointing the debated location of the Solonker Suture but also the timing of final disappearance of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean during Permian to Early Triassic times. The results have led to propose a tectonic ‘soft-collision’ model for the amalgamation of the North China Craton and the Mongolian Terranes in northern Asia explaining the general absence of geologic features characteristic for continent-continent collisions such as the occurrence of regional-scale high-grade metamorphic rocks, ophiolite belts and fold-thrust structures. This new model may serve as a blueprint for the tectonic evolution of similar suture zones that are characterized by the absence of typical collision related lithologies and structures. The thesis is particularly useful as a guide for researchers who seek an in-depth understanding of the Palaeozoic to early Mesozoic tectonic evolution of northern China and Central Asia along the Solonker Suture. 


Palaeozoic Palaeo-Asian Ocean Solonker Suture in East Asia detrital geochronology plate tectonics east Asian blocks in Pangaea Palaeozoic tectonic evolution soft-collision

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul R. Eizenhöfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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