Tracing an Early Jurassic magmatic arc from South to East China Seas Article

Xu, C, Zhang, L, Shi, H et al. (2017). Tracing an Early Jurassic magmatic arc from South to East China Seas . TECTONICS, 36(3), 466-492. 10.1002/2016TC004446

cited authors

  • Xu, C; Zhang, L; Shi, H; Brix, MR; Huhma, H; Chen, L; Zhang, M; Zhou, Z



  • Drilling has revealed suites of magnesian granite and diorite emplaced in Early Jurassic time (198–195 Ma) and an arc-related low-temperature (678 to 696°C) magmatism in NE South China Sea. These rocks have 87Sr/86Sri (0.705494 to 0.706623) and εNdt (−0.9 to +2.2) as evidence of evolved mantle-derived magmas, coupled with enriched fluid-mobile elements Cs to K and Pb implying involvement of subduction-zone fluids. Another Early Jurassic granodiorite (zircon U-Pb 187 Ma) drilled from the SW East China Sea, a magnesian high-K calc alkaline, is comparably confined to a range of low-temperature (~675°C) arc-related granite, characterized by enrichment of fluid-mobile elements and Nb-Ta depletion. Its Sr-Nd isotopes (87Sr/86Sri = 0.705200, εNdt = 1.1) suggest a product of evolved mantle-derived melts. Together with detrital igneous zircons from Paleocene sequences, these observations reveal an Early Jurassic arc-related low-temperature (600 to 740°C) magmatism in the SW East China Sea. These arc-related granitoids, along with those from SE Taiwan, could define an Early Jurassic NE-SW trending Dongsha-Talun-Yandang magmatic arc zone along the East Asian continental margin paired with Jurassic accretionary complexes from SW Japan, East Taiwan to the West Philippines. This arc-subduction complex assembly was associated with oblique subduction of the paleo-Pacific slab beneath Eurasia, presumably responsible for Early Jurassic lithospheric extension in south China block.

publication date

  • March 1, 2017

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  • 466

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  • 492


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