Journal of Marine Sciences ›› 2016, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (2): 35-42.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1001-909X.2016.02.005

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Sediment sources and transport patterns of Qiongdongnan Basin in Northern Slope of South China Sea since Late Miocene

LEI Zhen-yu1,2, SU Ming*3,4, ZHANG Li1,2, SHUAI Qing-wei1,2, SUN Ming1,2, LIU Jie3,4, YANG Rui3,4   

  1. 1. Guangzhou Marine Geology Survey, China Geological Survey, Guangzhou 510760, China;
    2. Key Laboratory of Marine Mineral Resources, Ministry of Land and Resources, Guangzhou 510760, China;
    3. Laboratory of Gas Hydrate Formation Mechanism, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Guangzhou 510640, China;
    4. Guangzhou Center for Gas Hydrate Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China
  • Received:2015-07-01 Revised:2016-01-22 Online:2016-06-15 Published:2022-11-24

Abstract: The sediment transport patterns were revealed in the Qiongdongnan Basin on the Northern Slope of South China Sea since Late Miocene by the research of the sediment filling patterns since the period of post-rift accelerated subsidence. On the basis of the previous analysis on the potential provenance, combined with the summary and induction of the exploration achievement in the research area, the types of the deep-water sedimentation were identified and the combinations of the deep-water depositional packages which have genetic relationship or the same source were built. In addition, the sediment transport patterns were classified tentatively. The results show that since Late Miocene, there are 4 potential sedimentary sources in the Qiongdongnan Basin: they are Hainan Island' sources, West Yinggehai' sources, Southern uplift' sources and Shenhu uplift' sources, respectively. The sedimentary transport patterns can be divided into three types: they are vertical direction, axial direction and turning direction sedimentary transportation.

Key words: sediment transportation, Late Miocene, Qiongdongnan Basin, Northern Slope of South China Sea

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