Tandem suturing and disarticulation of the Taiwan orogen revealed by its neotectonic elements

TitleTandem suturing and disarticulation of the Taiwan orogen revealed by its neotectonic elements
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsShyu J BH, Sieh KE, Chen Y-G
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume233
Pagination167-177
Date Published04/2005
ISBN Number0012-821X
Accession NumberWOS:000228828600013
Abstract

Taiwan's numerous active faults and folds demarcate distinct eastern and western neotectonic belts. The western belt results from the attachment and subsequent detachment of a sliver of continental lithosphere to the Eurasian continental margin. The eastern belt is the product of the same continental sliver docking with and then separating from the Luzon volcanic arc. Thus, the active Taiwan orogen is a tandem suturing and tandem disengagement of a volcanic arc and a continental sliver to and from the Eurasian continental margin. This progressive suturing and separation is a superb, living demonstration of the fundamental weakness of lithospheric sutures. Furthermore, this neotectonic architecture provides the basis for understanding Taiwan's seismic sources.

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