Comment on barckhausen et al., 2014 - evolution of the South China sea: Revised ages for breakup and seafloor spreading

Jih Hsin Chang, Tung-Yi Lee, Ho Han Hsu, Char Shine Liu

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We re-examined the cessation of the South China Sea seafloor spreading by using radioactive dating and fossil assemblage of the ETO, and the Te-derived age. The youngest available age for the fragment of the South China Sea is ~15Ma and is more consistent with those suggested by previous studies. Moreover, recent IODP Expedition preliminary results suggested that the hemipelagic claystone layer stratigraphically bounded by igneous sequences of massive lava flow rock is Early Miocene in age. Therefore, the previous interpretations are more inclusive than those provided by Barckhasen etal. (2014) and indicate that a slow spreading ridge was more plausible to have occurred during the seafloor spreading of the South China Sea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-678
Number of pages3
JournalMarine and Petroleum Geology
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



  • Ophiolite
  • Slow spreading
  • South China Sea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Stratigraphy

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