The Late Cenozoic uplift of the Liupan Shan, China

Yougui Song, Xiaomin Fang, Jijun Li, Zhisheng An, Xiaodong Miao

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Based on paleomagnetic measurements and morphostratigraphy of red bed/clay sequences from pediments of the Liupan Shan and the Longdong Basin, the following results are revealed. The red bed/clay sediments became to accumulate at around 8.1 MaBP, which implied that the plantation surface developed since Late Cretaceous was broken by active fault, and its development was terminated. The Liupan Shan began to slightly uplift. The Liupan Shan experienced a small-scale uplift around 5.2 MaBP, inferred from the appearance of fine gravel sediments at that time. Consequently, a pediment was developed. The Liupan Shan accelerated uplift since about 3.8 MaBP at a large scale, which caused the deep incision of the rivers and the termination of fluvial and lacustrine deposition. Meanwhile, typical eolian red clay appeared since then. This uplift process is well correlated and in response to that of the Tibetan Plateau and the mountains around it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-184
Number of pages9
JournalScience in China, Series D: Earth Sciences
StatePublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Late Cenozoic
  • Liupan Shan
  • Magnetostratigraphy
  • Red clay/bed
  • Tectonic evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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