Paleomagnetism of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous red beds from the Cardamom Mountains, southwestern Cambodia: Tectonic deformation of the Indochina Peninsula

Yukiho Tsuchiyama, Haider Zaman, Sieng Sotham, Yos Samuth, Eiichi Sato, Hyeon Seon Ahn, Koji Uno, Kosuke Tsumura, Masako Miki, Yo ichiro Otofuji

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Abstract

Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous red beds of the Phuquoc Formation were sampled at 33 sites from the Sihanoukville and Koah Kong areas of the Phuquoc-Kampot Som Basin, southwestern Cambodia. Two high-temperature remanent components with unblocking temperature ranging 650°-670 °C and 670-690 °C were identified. The magnetization direction for the former component (D=5.2°, I=18.5° with α95=3.1° in situ) reveals a negative fold test that indicates a post-folding secondary nature. However, the latter component, carried by specular hematite, is recognized as a primary remanent magnetization. A tilt-corrected mean direction of D=43.4°, I=31.9° (α95=3.6°) was calculated for the primary component at 11 sites, corresponding to a paleopole of 47.7°N, 178.9°E (A95=3.6°). When compared with the 130 Ma East Asian pole, a southward displacement of 6.0°±3.5° and a clockwise rotation of 33.1°±4.0° of the Phuquoc-Kampot Som Basin (as a part of the Indochina Block) with respect to East Asia were estimated. This estimate of the clockwise rotation is ~15° larger than that of the Khorat Basin, which we attribute to dextral motion along the Wang Chao Fault since the mid-Oligocene. The comparison of the herein estimated clockwise rotation with the counter-clockwise rotation reported from the Da Lat area in Vietnam suggests the occurrence of a differential tectonic rotation in the southern tip of the Indochina Block. During the southward displacement of the Indochina Block, the non-rigid lithosphere under its southern tip moved heterogeneously, while the rigid lithosphere under the Khorat Basin moved homogeneously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-288
Number of pages15
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume434
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2016

Keywords

  • Cambodia
  • Indochina Peninsula
  • Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous
  • Paleomagnetism
  • Tectonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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