Detrital zircon reference for the North China block

Brian J. Darby, George Gehrels

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U-Pb analyses of 250 single detrital zircons from Upper Proterozoic to Ordovician strata collected from the Zhuozi Shan in north-central China provide a detrital zircon reference for the North China block, a major crustal entity in the Asian tectonic collage. The results, which range in age from 1.72 to 2.97 Ga, shed new light on the age of the crystalline basement in North China, much of which is covered by younger sedimentary units. In addition, this detrital zircon reference can be used to help determine the provenance of clastic sedimentary units and for assessing validity of paleogeographic and regional tectonic models that include the complex history of Asian continental amalgamation, terrane accretion, and subsequent translation that is ongoing today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-648
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Asia
  • China
  • Detrital zircon
  • Provenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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