Pacific-Asian Tectonics: Preface

Sanzhong Li, Weiwei Ding, Xiaoyu Guo, Lijun Liu

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East Asia is exceptionally rich in diverse geological phenomena related to processes of major global significance in Earth history. Its tectonic evolution is closely related to the subduction of the Izanagi and Pacific plates and the India-Eurasia collision. Thus, this domain presents a vast natural laboratory within which some of the most topical and fundamental problems in Pacific-Asian Tectonics can be addressed. Recent breakthroughs in understanding the tectonic evolution of East Asia have been achieved, involving intraplate deformation, plate fragmentation, plate boundary processes, orogenic collapse, and craton destruction. These advances have been achieved via multidisciplinary work including structural geology, basin research, land and marine geophysics, thermochronology, numerical modeling, geochemistry and classical field geology. In the current context of research in East Asia the time is ripe for a thematic volume of review papers. This special issue is focused on the theme “Pacific-Asian Tectonics”. It describes interdisciplinary methods adopted to study Meso-Cenozoic basin-forming mechanisms and evolutionary processes, unravels the timing and characteristics of major intraplate deformation, depicts the spatial-temporal distribution of Meso-Cenozoic igneous rocks, discusses the deep lithospheric structures overlying the subducting oceanic plates, and probes the natures and fates of subduction or collision processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103946
JournalEarth-Science Reviews
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • East Asia
  • Izanagi Plate
  • North China Craton
  • Pacific Plate
  • South China Block
  • South China Sea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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