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Name: Yi YAN(闫义)
Position: Research Professor
Department: Key Laboratory of Marginal Sea Geology


Evolution of the northern margin of the South China Sea, basins in the South China Sea and links to coupling between climate-erosion and regional tectonics in east Tibet.

Subduction of the South China Sea basin and the Pacific Plate (Philippine Plate) and Taiwan Orogenic Belt.

Low-temperature thermochronometry (fission track and (U-Th)/He) to define long-term erosion histories of the South China margin, East Tibet and Taiwan Oroginic Belt. Stratigraphy, petrography, Nd isotope, zircon U-Pb and fission track dating to test the sources of the sediment in the South China Sea basins and Taiwan Oroginic Belt.

Research projects include Taiwan Orogenic Belt and implication to the evolution of the South China Sea, Erosion history of the northern margin of the South China Sea and East Tibet: fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronometry study, Basin sedimentation in the northern South China Sea basins. 


Recent Publications:
1. Yi Yan, Andy Carter, Peter Clift. Constraints on Cenozoic regional drainage evolution of SW China from the provenance of the Jianchuan Basin. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Revision
2. Yi Yan, Andy Carter,Carl Palk, Stephanie Brichau,Xiaoqiong Hu. 2011,  Understanding sedimentation in the Song Song–Yinggehai Basin, South China Sea. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, Q06014, doi:10.1029/2011GC003533
3. Yi Yan, Ge Lin, Andy Carter . Sedimentary provenance of the Hengyang and Mayang basins, SE China, and implications for the Mesozoic topographic change in South China Craton: Evidence from detrital zircon geochronology. JAES, 2011,41:494-503
4. Yan, Y., Lin, G., Hu, X., Detrital zircon and apatite fission track data in the Liaoxi basins: Implication to Meso-Cenozoic thermo-tectonic evolution of the northern margin of the North China Craton. Journal of Earth System Science, 2010, 119(4):541–552.
5. Yan, Y., Carter, A., Xia, B., Lin, G., Brichau, S, Hu, X., 2009. A fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronometric study of the northern margin of the South China Sea: An example of a complex passive margin. Tectonophysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.04.030
6. Yan Yi, Lin Ge, Xia Bin.Denudation history of onshore South China Block: constraints on morphotectonic evolution of the northern margin of the South China Sea, Journal of Earth Science,2009,20(1):57-65.
7. Yan, Y., Xia, B., Lin, G., 2007. Geochemistry of the sediments from the Nanxiong Basin, South China and implications for provenance, paleoenvironment and paleoclimate at the K/T boundary. Sedimentary Geology, v197: p.127-140
8. Yan, Y., Xia, B., Lin, G., Carter, A., Hu, X., Liu, B., Cui, X., Yan, P., Song, Z. 2007. Geochemical and Nd isotope compositions of detrital sediments on the north margin of the South China Sea: provenance and tectonic implications. Sedimentology, v54, p.1-17 doi:10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00816.x