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Volume 34 Issue 4
Aug 2023
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Jiali You, Zhao Yang, Xiaohui Shi, Chuanbo Shen, Yunpeng Dong, Bin Cheng. Exhumation and Deformation of the Daba Shan Orocline as Determined from Modern River Sands Apatite Fission-Track. Journal of Earth Science, 2023, 34(4): 1140-1149. doi: 10.1007/s12583-022-1632-2
Citation: Jiali You, Zhao Yang, Xiaohui Shi, Chuanbo Shen, Yunpeng Dong, Bin Cheng. Exhumation and Deformation of the Daba Shan Orocline as Determined from Modern River Sands Apatite Fission-Track. Journal of Earth Science, 2023, 34(4): 1140-1149. doi: 10.1007/s12583-022-1632-2

Exhumation and Deformation of the Daba Shan Orocline as Determined from Modern River Sands Apatite Fission-Track

doi: 10.1007/s12583-022-1632-2
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  • Corresponding author: Zhao Yang,
  • Received Date: 16 Oct 2020
  • Accepted Date: 29 Dec 2021
  • Available Online: 01 Aug 2023
  • Issue Publish Date: 30 Aug 2023
  • The Daba Shan orocline is located at the northeastern margin of the Sichuan Basin and has been inferred as a foreland thrust-fold belt of the Qinling Orogen since the Late Triassic. A complete understanding of rock exhumation history is critical to elucidate how and when this typical orocline structure is developed. Detrital apatite fission-track dating of modern river sands is employed to reveal the regional exhumation history of the Daba Shan orocline. Four age peaks are identified and interpreted as the results of tectonic exhumation. Two older age peaks at ~150–140 and ~116–86 Ma are agreement with two main shortening deformation episodes of the Yanshanian Movement in the eastern China. The other two younger age peaks at ~69 and ~37 Ma support that the Daba Shan was reactivated by the Late Cretaceous to Cenozoic deformation which were likely related to the subduction of the Pacific Ocean and eastward growth of the Tibetan Plateau, respectively. It is worth noting that in contrast to the ~150–140 Ma rapid rock uplift and exhumation, the Middle Cretaceous exhumation (~116–86 Ma) shifted southward and continued to spread to southern tips of the Daba Shan. These exhumation variations in temporal and spatial allow a southward thrust deformation with piggyback style during the Yanshanian.


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