Sources of upper Permian sedimentary rocks in the Bogda Mountains, NW China

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Guan, Wei
Jeffrey, Brad M.
Yang, Wan

Guan, W. and B. Jeffrey (2010). Sources of upper Permian sedimentary rocks in the Bogda mountains, NW China. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 113-114


Both distant Tianshan suture zone and proximal local horsts are possible sources of Upper Permian sedimentary rocks exposed in the BogdaMountains. The Abundance of volcanic grains indicates the former was the main source. Paleocurrent direction further suggests the sole main source located to the south, which is consistent with that the Tianshan suture zone is the main source. Sandstone petrographic data show two petrofacies, A and B (QFL = 5:7:88 and 32:8:60). The change from A to B suggests that the Tianshan suture zone evolved from an undissected to a transitional arc during unroofing; upsection increase of phaneritic clasts (from 3 to 14%) in conglomerates supports the interpretation.

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Paper presented to the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at the Department of Geology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences