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Russian Geology and Geophysics

2008 year, number 10

Hierarchy in the zone-block lithospheric structure of Central and Eastern Asia

K.Zh. Seminskii
Institute of the Earth's Crust, Siberian Branch of the RAS, 128 ul. Lermontova, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
Keywords: Zone-block structure; mobile zone; block; fault; lithosphere; Central and Eastern Asia
Pages: 771-779


The lithospheric structure in Asia has been analyzed in terms of sizes of blocks and mobile zones between them on local (northeastern Olkhon area in western Baikal region), regional (Baikal region), and global (Central and Eastern Asia) scales. A single approach to reference mapping was used to update Sadovskii's hierarchy of blocks and to rank the mobile zones. According to the updated model, the 1ithospheric structure of Central and Eastern Asia includes eleven hierarchic levels.