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Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries, and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar

  • ID: 4080861
  • Book
  • Region: Burma, Myanmar
  • 524 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar arms readers with a comprehensive overview of the geography, geology, mineral potential and tectonic plate activity of Myanmar. The book focuses on the nature and history of the structural belts and terranes of Myanmar, with particular emphasis on the mineral deposits and their relationship to stratigraphy and structure. The country has a long history of plate tectonic activity, and the most recent plate movements relate to the northward movement of the India plate as it collides with Asia. Both of these are responsible for the earthquakes which frequently occur, making the country a geologically dynamic region. Additionally, Myanmar is rich in mineral and petroleum potential and the site of some of Southeast Asia's largest faults. However, many geoscientists are only recently becoming familiar with Myanmar due to previous political issues. Some of these barriers have been removed and there is emerging international interest in the geology and mineral deposits of Myanmar. This book collates this essential information in one complete resource. Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar is an essential reference for economic geologists, mineralogists, petroleum geologists, and seismologists, as well as geoscience instructors and students taking related coursework.

  • Provides an accessible history of the geological research and mineral exploration and extraction conducted in Myanmar and an overview of its rich mineral resources
  • Presents the historical and current plate tectonic activity in the region, offering seismologists and geophysicists a guide to Myanmar's structural geology and risk for earthquake activity
  • Richly illustrated with more than 100 maps, diagrams and photographs to capture the geology of Myanmar and aid in the retention of key concepts
  • Focuses on the nature and history of the structural belts and terranes of Myanmar

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PART I 1. Introduction

PART II MYANMAR EAST OF THE SAGAING FAULT 2. The Shan Plateau west of the Salween 3. Myanmar east of the Salween: the Sibumasu-Mong Yawng arc collision and related tin mineralisation 4. The Mergui Group and equivalents in the Slate belt, Phayaungtaung, and the Gaoligong Range (northeastern Myanmar) 5. Paung Laung-Mawchi zone 6. Granites, minor intrusions and mineralisation in the Slate belt, Phayaungtaung and the Gaoligong Range 7. Mogok Metamorphic belt 8. Tagaung-Myitkyina belt and Katha-Gangaw Range

PART III MYANMAR WEST OF THE SAGAING FAULT 9. Popa-Loimye magmatic arc 10. Central Burma Depression and its petroleum occurrences 11. Indo-Burman Ranges 12. Exploration history and petroleum geology of offshore Myanmar 13. Hukawng basin 14. Jade Mines Uplift 15. Kumon Range

PART IV MYANMAR EAST AND WEST OF THE SAGAING FAULT 16. Chaun Kan Gneiss and the India collision in northwestern Myanmar 17. Restored position of Popa-Loimye arc, correlations with Tibet, and alluvial diamonds in Myanmar

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Mitchell, Andrew
Andrew Mitchell obtained his D Phil and a DSc from Oxford and has had an international career in geology. From the early 1960's to the late 1980's he was an exploration geologist for the then British Service in Vanu Atu, and in Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, and the Philippines on Colombo Plan and UN projects. After consulting for various minerals companies in Eastern European and Asian countries from 1990 to 1995, he joined Ivanhoe Myanmar and until 2011 was based in Myanmar responsible for the company's minerals exploration. He has spent more than half of his career in Myanmar and is familiar with the country's world-class mineral deposits. He has authored or co-authored about 100 papers on tectonics and mineralization. His first book Mineral Deposits and Global Tectonic Settings (Academic Press, 1981) was followed by Epithermal Gold in the Philippines (Academic Press, 1991).
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