The South China Sea: Paleoceanography and Sedimentology by Pinxian Wang, Qianyu Li

By Pinxian Wang, Qianyu Li

This booklet is the 1st synthesis of sedimentary geology and paleoceanography of the South China Sea at the foundation of intensive business explorations and clinical expeditions culminated with the ODP Leg 184. It offers up to date wisdom in regards to the background of this biggest marginal sea within the West Pacific, deep-sea files of evolution and adaptations of the East Asian monsoon, and geological backgrounds of the off-shore petroleum basins. With its specialize in paleoceanography and sedimentology, this quantity offers a finished all-round view of the marginal sea basin, from sleek oceanography to series stratigraphy.

The South China Sea: Paleoceanography and Sedimentology is vital studying for complicated scholars and researchers operating in marine geology, basin evolution, sedimentology, paleoceanography and comparable fields.

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Soon after forming, the plume turns toward the west during the dry season, but turns to the east in the wet season due to the southwesterly monsoon (Dong et al. 2004). Once the surface plume reaches beyond the inner shelf, it can easily extend further east across the shelf, possibly driven by the SCS Warm Current and the favorable southwesterly summer monsoon winds (Fig. 10E). The bottom current, however, continues to the west outside the estuary along the coast like a density current because of the diminishing effect of the winds below the stratified layer (Su 2004).

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