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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 67 (1983)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 501

Last Page: 502

Title: Geological Evolution History of Petroliferous Basins on Continental Shelf of China: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Li Desheng

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Coastlines of China are about 18,000 km (11,118 mi) in length, and their aggregate continental shelf area within 200 m (656 ft) seawater depth is more than one million km2 (386,102 mi2). Recent geophysical exploration work and numerous petroleum drilling records are available and give a general understanding of the geological evolution history of these petroliferous basins. There are two tectonic types of basins distributed on the continental shelf areas: the tectonic types of Bohai Gulf, South Yellow Sea, and Beibu Gulf basins are the intraplate polyphase rifting-depression basins; the East China Sea, Pearl River mouth, and Yingge Sea basin are the epicontinental rifting-depression basins. They are believed to be extensional in origin. Because of th severe convergence of Indian plate with Eurasia plate, there has been produced NNE-spreading movement of the South China Sea basin, which permits two triple junctions on its northern margins. The extension mechanism could be derived from the rising

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of an upper mantle plume to produce two NNE weak fracturing zones, resulting in a series of intraplate and epicontinental rifting-depression basins.

The depositional models and sea-level variations of these basins are interpreted from the drilling records and seismic profiles. They can be explained by the tectono-eustatic changes in sea level and Cenozoic climate changes of China.

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