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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 69 (1985)

Issue: 2. (February)

First Page: 262

Last Page: 262

Title: Lacustrine Deposits in Rifted Deep Basins of Yellow Sea: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Jong H. Han

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The central Yellow Sea is a typical intracratonic rifted basin that consists of 4 major depressions bounded by aligned listric faults along horst blocks of uplifted basement (Kunsan, West Kunsan, Yellow Sea subbasins, and Central Trough). The depressions are half grabens caused by pull-apart extensional stresses.

Core analysis and micropaleontologic study indicate that more than 5 km of lacustrine sediments were accumulated in the central part of the West Kunsan basin. Two distinctive sedimentary successions are recognized in the core descriptions: alternation of reddish-brown siltstones and sandstones containing evaporites and marlstones, and an overlying progradational sequence including minor limestone beds in the lower part of the sequence. The progradational sequence is interpreted as lacustrine deltaic deposits. Abundant palynofloral occurrence of freshwater green algae, Pediastrum, and absence of marine fauna such as dinoflagellates are also supporting evidence for a lacustrine environment. The lithofacies and tectonic framework of the Yellow Sea are very similar to those of Cretaceous acustrine sediments of the Korea Peninsula onshore and Pohai coastal basin in China.

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