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Tectonic map of Northern-Central-Eastern Asia - PDF

Chief Editors: O.V. Petrov, Yu. G. Leonov (Russia), Li Tingdong (China), O. Tomurtogoo (Mongolia)
Executive Editors : S.P. Shokalsky, I.I. Pospelov (Russia),  Chen Bingwei, Ren Liudong (China), V. YA. Koshkin (Kazakhstan), Hwang Jae Hae (Republic of Korea).
Set : 15 sheets + Explanatory note
Dimensions: 284 x 310 cm
Saint Petersburg, 2014



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This new Tectonic map of Northern-Central-Eastern Asia and Adjacent Areas at 1:2,500,000 scale was compiled by the A. P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Institute – VSEGEI (CGMW Subcommission for Northern Eurasia) and the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GIN-RAS), (CGMW Subcommission for Tectonic Maps) in the framework of the International project "3D Geological Structures and Metallogeny of Northern, Central and Eastern Asia".

In this project, the Russian party (years 2007-2013) was represented by the Federal Agency on Mineral Resources of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, VSEGEI, GIN-RAS and geological institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The geological surveys of China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Korea were associated participants. The compiled map of the Atlas covers the territory of the Asian part of Russian (including Urals and Pre-Uralian region), Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Korean Peninsula and Central Asian republics Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

The Explanatory Note of this map results from 10-years of international collaboration of geologists from six countries: Russia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In addition to the above-mentioned states, the map also exhibits the tectonic structure of a number of Central Asian countries: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Structurally, the map covers three major Eurasian tectonic domains. The Central Asian (Ural­Mongolian) mobile belt is the central structure of the map. On the map, it covers such regions and structures as the Urals, Kazakhstan, Tien Shan, Altai and Sayan Mountains, Trans-Baikal region, Mongolia, and overlying younger platforms and sedimentary basins (West Siberian, Turan, Junggar, Amur-Zeya, and partially Songliao). The Central Asian mobile belt is located between the largest and most ancient cratons of the Earth: East European, Siberian, North China (Sino-Korean), and Tarim. To the south, the Central Asian mobile belt is constrained by the Tethyan domain that includes structures of the Pamirs, Kun­lun, Tibet–Himalayas and Indochina. The eastern Pacific domain encompasses the following folded regions: Verkhoyansk-Kolyma, Chukotka-Koryak, Kamchatka, Sakhalin, and Sikhote Alin Mountains, as well as the Southeastern Coastal fold zone of Southern China.

The Explanatory Note is greatly enhanced by numerous new determinations of absolute age of rocks, in particular old metamorphic complexes from cratonic basements and magmatic complexes. Special attention was paid to the age of ophiolites as a key to understanding the most important stages in the crustal evolution and the Earth as a whole.

The writing and editorial work of the Explanatory Note was carried out by a team that associated compilers, authors of the maps and, for a large part, leading scientists and tectonic specialists from institutes of the GIN-RAS: Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry (IGEM RAS), Institute of Geology (Ufimian Scientific Centre of the RAS), AN, Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and Geochemistry (Ural Branch of the RAS), Geological Institute (Siberian Branch of the RAS). It is worth to mention Chapter 16 "Tectonic evolution of the Ural-Mongolian mobile belt during the Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic" for the successive paleogeographic reconstitutions and conclusions it presents in this note.

The compilation of the Tectonic Map of Northern-Central-Eastern Asia and Adjacent Areas at the scale of 1:2,500,000, as well as the other maps of the "3D Geological Structures and Metallogeny of Northern, Central and Eastern Asia" can be considered as the first major international experience for the generalization of integrated geological data and a successful example of cooperation of experts from different countries whose knowledge and research potential brought about increasing contacts in the geoscience community and innovative cartographic products.

Included with the map: Tectonics of Northern, Central and Eastern Asia. Explanatory Note to the Tectonic map of Nortern-Central-Eastern Asia and Adjacent Areas at scale 1:2,500,00. SPb.: VSEGEI Printing House, 2014, 192 pages ISBN 978-5-93761-215-1