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Academic Journal of Architecture and Geotechnical Engineering, 2022, 4(2); doi: 10.25236/AJAGE.2022.040209.

Detrital Zircon U-Pb Geochronology and Petrography Analysis of the Haenam Basin


Lujia Pan

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Lujia Pan

Department of Energy and Resources Engineering, Chosun University, Gwangju, 61452, South Korea


The detrital zircons of the Cretaceous Haenam basin were examined to determine how they responded to the subduction of the oceanic plate to the eastern Asian continental margin during the Cretaceous. A sinistral strike-slip movement caused by the oblique subduction of the Paleo-Pacific plate created these two nonmarine subbasins in the northern marginal Okcheon Belt of the Korean Peninsula. In the late Cretaceous, due to the orthogonal subduction of the oceanic plate, sediments were deposited in terrestrial environments with associated volcanism. A total of 247 ages obtained from 300 zircon grains reveal that the maximum depositional ages of the Haenam basin is ca. 79.5 0.17 Ma, respectively. The detrital zircon age spectra indicate that their basin fills were mainly derived from the adjacent basement rocks comprising Paleoproterozoic metamorphic rocks and Jurassic granitoids with a minor supply from the Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks in the western Gyeonggi Massif and Okcheon Metamorphic Belt.


LA-MC-ICPMS, Haenam Basin, detrital zircon age, U-Pb dating, Cretaceous

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Lujia Pan. Detrital Zircon U-Pb Geochronology and Petrography Analysis of the Haenam Basin. Academic Journal of Architecture and Geotechnical Engineering (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 2: 53-59. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJAGE.2022.040209.


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