Kurosegawa zone and its bearing on the development of the Japanese Islands

Shigenori Maruyama, Shohei Banno, Tetsuo Matsuda, Takashi Nakajima

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    The Kurosegawa zone in southwest Japan is a 600 km long serpentinite mélange in the Chichibu terrains. It runs generally E-W but is slightly oblique to the subparallel arrangement of the Ryoke, Sanbagawa and Chichibu belts of Southwest Japan. A variety of geological units occurs in the Kurosegawa zone: 1. (1) granodiorite, gneiss and amphibolite of ca. 400 Ma, 2. (2) Siluro-Devonian formations, 3. (3) Upper Carboniferous to Jurassic formations, 4. (4) Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous formations, 5. (5) serpentinite and 6. (6) low- to medium-grade metamorphic rocks of various baric types (ages, 220, 320, 360 and 420 Ma by K-Ar). The most widespread is a high-pressure intermediate group of metamorphic rocks. Serpentinite is emplaced along the faults between and within the constituent units. Rocks of the Kurosegawa zone represent a mature orogenic belt along a continental margin or an island arc. Its original site as constrained by paleomagnetism was near the equatorial area. Here, 400 Ma old paired metamorphism and related magmatism took place. The island arc or microcontinent migrated northward to collide with the Eurasia plate during Late Jurassic, thus consuming the intervening ocean.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-60
    Number of pages14
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1984

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geophysics
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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