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Major Advances in the Study of the Precambrian Geology and Metallogenesis of the North China Craton: A Review

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The North China Craton (NCC) is one of the most ancient cratons in the world and records a complex geological evolution since the early Precambrian. In addition to recording major geological events similar to those of other cratons, the NCC also exhibits some unique features such as multistage cratonization (late Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic) and long‐term rifting during the Meso–Neoproterozoic. The NCC thus provides one of the best examples to address secular changes in geological history and metallogenic epochs in the evolving Earth. We summarize the major geological events and metallogenic systems of the NCC, so that the evolutionary patterns of the NCC can provide a better understanding of the Precambrian NCC and facilitate comparison of the NCC with other ancient continental blocks globally.
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Keywords: North China Craton; cratonization; geological events; metallogenesis; multi-‐stage rifting

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2016

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