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Part 1 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 backarc 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 on the basis of archipelago model of orogenesis.
Part 4 discusses the geology of Central China in terms of its collision with two archipelagos, North China and South China.
Part 5 covers 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 discusses the geology of NE China and SE coastal China in terms of a plate collision.
Part 7 handles 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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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese
Ken Hsü claims that this book 'is not a book for reading, it is an encyclopedia of information'. Most people will draw the same conclusion from the title alone. However, much of this very personalized volume makes surprisingly interesting reading, because in addition to providing the first comprehensive English synthesis of the geology of China, the book is also a platform for Hsü to promote his own tectonic philosophies and to recollect on his own unique career straddling eastern and western scientific cultures.
It will serve as a useful starting point for investigating the geology of any part of China. In addition, with time and much further study, the Geologic Atlas of China may prove to be a classic of modern tectonic thinking and synthesis.
Geological Magazine, Vol. 137, No. 6
...A critical understanding of the atlas requires basic knowledge in geology and plate tectonics theory, thus the book may be recommended to students at different levels of education, lecturers in geology and geophysics and specialists, particularly those dealing with global paleogeographic reconstruction.
Pure and Applied Geophysics
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