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Central Geological Survey, MOEA

GovernmentTaipei, Taiwan
About: Central Geological Survey, MOEA is a(n) government organization based out in Taipei, Taiwan. It is known for research contribution in the topic(s): Landslide & Fault (geology). The organization has 68 authors who have published 81 publication(s) receiving 2037 citation(s). The organization is also known as: Jīngjì Bù Zhōngyāng Dìzhí Diàochá Suǒ.
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Abstract: Well-documented stratigraphy and clearly defined geodynamics in Taiwan, where some of the best records on arc-continent collision have been preserved, offer a unique example for the study of collision belts worldwide. The oblique arc-continent collision in Taiwan caused a simultaneous and sequential migration of four tectonic processes. Beginning from 16 to 15 Ma, subduction of the South China Sea oceanic crust beneath the Philippine Sea plate resulted in volcanism in the Coastal Range and formation of an accretionary prism in the Central Range. Beginning in the latest Miocene–earliest Pliocene, the subduction was followed by initial arc-continent collision, as supported by the following: unroofing and erosion of the deformed accretionary prism, and deposition of sediments thus derived in the adjacent accretionary forearc (5 Ma) and slope basins (4 Ma); waning of volcanism (north, 6–5 Ma; south, 3.3 Ma); buildup of fringing reefs on the gradually quiescent volcanoes (north, 5.2 Ma; south, 2.9 Ma); arc subsidence by strike-slip faulting and the development of pull-apart intra-arc basins (north, 5.2–3.5 Ma; south, 2.9–1.8 Ma); thrusting of forearc sequences to generate a collision complex starting from 3 Ma; and clockwise rotation of the arc-forearc sequences (north, 2.1–1.7 Ma; south, 1.4 Ma). The collision propagated southward and reached southern Taiwan by 5 Ma, as evidenced by the successive deformation of the associated accretionary wedge en route. Afterward, the advanced arc-continent collision stage appeared in the earliest Pleistocene, as marked by the westward thrusting and accretion of the Luzon arc-forearc against the accretionary wedge (north, 1.5 Ma; south, 1.1 Ma) and exhumation of the underthrust Eurasian continent rocks (north, 2.0–1.0 Ma; south, 1.0–0.5 Ma). The final stage of the tectonic process, arc collapse-subduction, began by 1 Ma off the northern Coastal Range. The geologic records compiled and presented in this study strongly support the scenario of a continuous southward migration of tectonic processes and a change in sediment source and structural style. Most importantly, the model has a broad potential for reconstructing and predicting the evolution of arc-continent collision through space and time.

194 citations

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Abstract: article i nfo In the village of Tsaoling (in Yunlin County, Taiwan), a major landslide was triggered by the Chi-Chi earthquake in 1999 with more than 125×10 6 m 3 of rock displaced. The kinematic behaviour of this landslide is simulated using a 2D discrete element model (PFC2D code). Our numerical model is composed of discs bonded together. The initial boundary conditions are applied along the ball-wall contacts by using derived velocities integrated from the strong motion data with a duration of 160 s including the peak acceleration near Tsaoling. The constraints are mainly issued from the final geometry of the landslide including its capacity to cross the river valley and reach a significant elevation on the opposite mountain flank. They also result from a variety of geological and hydrological observations, including the local levels of material disruption and the location of survivors. Our modelling thus indicates that a low-friction coefficient (about 0.15) and a medium strength are required to account for the actual landslide characteristics. A self-lubrication mechanism probably accounts for the low residual friction. Our model also suggests that the maximum velocity of sliding reached 50 m/s, a result that cannot be checked in the absence of actual measurements. In addition to friction, the strength of sliding block is of special importance because it controlled the possibility for the upper layer fragments to roll and get buried, and hence the probability of survival.

184 citations

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Abstract: An automatic station for soil gas monitoring was set up on an active fault zone of SW Taiwan. After more than one year of continuous measurements, some spike-like anomalous high radon and thoron concentrations could be observed. A similar soil radon spectrum was also obtained from an independent monitoring station, which was only 100 m away. These anomalous peaks usually occurred a few days or weeks before the earthquakes ( M L ⩾ 4.5 ) . This indicates that variations of both soil radon and thoron can serve as useful tools for earthquake surveillance, esp. at fault zones.

127 citations

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Abstract: The major structures of the Western Foothills of Taiwan mainly consist of NNE-SSW-trending folds and imbricated west-vergent thrust systems. The additional occurrence of N140°E-striking oblique structures was revealed through a multisource approach involving a Digital Elevation Model (DEM), a study of drainage network anomalies, aerial photographs, Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) images and SPOT-P and Landsat images. These structures are described from north to south based on new field analyses (including stratigraphy and tectonics studies). They are also compared to seismic data and geodetic reconstruction, in order to evaluate their present-day activity. These N140°E major morphostructures are interpreted as left-lateral transfer fault zones, either inherited from the Eurasian passive margin and/or newly formed in the cover in response to the presence of basement highs within the foreland basin (Peikang and Kuanyin highs). The Sanyi and the Chishan transfer fault zones display a high seismic activity; the distribution of earthquakes and the related focal mechanisms confirm the left-lateral movement along N140°E directions. The Chiayi, Chishan, and Fengshan fault zones act presently as transfer fault zones, as indicated by GPS data. The associated N70°E- to N100°E-trending faults result from the reactivation of normal faults of the Eurasian passive margin as right-lateral strike-slip faults in the Foothills during the Plio-Quaternary collision in Taiwan. We conclude that multisource and multiscale geomorphic studies combined with tectonic analysis in the field yield a significant contribution to the understanding of the structural and kinematic development of the Western Foothills at the front of the Taiwan collision belt.

105 citations

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Abstract: Most researches consider the Taiwan Orogeny to be the result of an oblique arc–continental collision between the Philippine Sea Plate and Eurasia Plate. According to kinematic modeling, the mountains started to build from the north and progressively propagated southward at a rate of 60–90 km/my. Because of the oblique nature of the collision, the influence of the collision on mountain building resulted in the southern Central Range experiencing orogenic processes more recently than in the north. In order to test this model, we studied a critical area using zircon and apatite fission-track data to reveal the early exhumation history of the southern Central Range. We find that exhumation started about 6 Ma, which is earlier than the previously predicted timing of mountain building. We also find that the exhumation history can be separated into two stages: an initial stage starting at ca. 6 Ma and continuing to ca. 1 Ma with a slow uplift rate of

86 citations

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