Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition)

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Vol. 88 (2) February 2014

A Special Issue Devoted to Geological Research on the Tethyan-Himalayan Orogen and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

The Tethyan-Himalayan Orogen and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have long attracted strong concerns from the global geological community. In the last decade, with increasing geological exploration and prospecting work, many excellent geological achievements were obtained. This special issue presents results of research on stratigraphy, tectonics, and environmental shift of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; seismic mechanism and post-earthquake change of the Wenchuan Earthquake; origins of deep moissanite and diamond; continent–continent collision mineralization; and recent reviews of the uplifting mechanism of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

This is the second issue covering this area, which follows the 2013 Acta Geologica Sinica special issue 87(2); a third special issue 89(2) will be published in 2015. In order to meet the world need for understanding research advances on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, we invite contributions to the next special issue.

Lushan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province Occurred Ms 7.0 Earthquake

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center measuring, at Beijing time 8:02 on April 20, 2013, Lushan County, Ya’an City, Sichuan Province (latitude 30.3°N, longitude 103.0°E) occurred Ms 7.0 earthquake, focal depth was 13.0 km. The epicenter was about 35 km away from Ya’an City, about 110 km away from Chengdu.

According to People Net reported (, up to Beijing time 15:35 on April 20, 2013, the affected population was 1,520,000, the affected area was 12,500 square kilometers. According to Xinhua Net reported (, up to Beijing time 10:00 on April 21, 2013, a total of 180 people were killed and 24 were missing, and 11,227 people were injured in Ya’an earthquake.

Chinese seismology experts have mentioned that the Baoxing area about 100 kilometers southwest of Wenchuan may occur about Ms 7.0 strong aftershocks. From the focal position, mechanism and magnitude, the Ya’an earthquake is the strong aftershocks of Wenchuan earthquake, and is the development of the earthquake rupture to the southwest.

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Note: the figure is modified from Wu et al., 2009.


Wu Manlu, Zhang Yueqiao, Liao Chunting, Chen Qunce, Ma Yinsheng, Wu Jinsheng, Yan Junfeng, Qu Mingyi, 2009.

Preliminary Results of In-situ Stress Measurements along the Longmenshan Fault Zone after the Wenchuan Ms8.0 Earthquake. Acta Geologica Sinica (English edition), 83(4): 746~753.

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Zhao Xun Obituary

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Editor-in-Chief of Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), Research Fellow Zhao Xun, dies in Beijing

Research Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of Acta Geologica Sinica (English edition) passed away at 0:30 on November 29, 2012 after suffering from severe illness. He was 72. Born in Daxian County, Sichuan Province on 12 November 1940 and a graduate of Chengdu Geology College (now the Chengdu University of Technology) in 1966, Zhao Xun further studied in Britain at Birmingham University and Cambridge University from 1983 to 1987. He held the posts, chronologically, of Deputy Chief Engineer and Deputy Director in Guangxi Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Secretary-General of the Geological Society of Guangxi, Deputy Director of the National Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources’ Science and Technology Sector, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Secretary-General of the Geological Society of China, Vice-Secretary-General of the 30th International Geological Conference in 1996, and executive member of UNESCO IGCP Science Board. He was selected as a judge and consultant of UNESCO World Geoparks, as well as Vice-Chairman and Office Director of the National Geopark Judge Panel of China. Zhao Xun promoted the building and development of the National Geoparks of China, started and prepared the world’s first Geopark Conference in 2004, and became one of the founders for Global geoparks. He made great contributions to the cause of geoparks, and was thus internationally honored as the father of geoparks in China. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) since 2000, and made unremitting efforts to improve and expand both the quality and impact of the now-internationally recognized journal, with it's highest impact factor of 2.15 under his guidance. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) is listed as a A-type Excellent Journal by the China Association for Science and Technology now for seven successive years (only five journals of about 1000 journals has been awarded such an honor). The Editorial Committee of Acta Geologica Sinica joins the many colleagues from Chinese institutions, UNESCO (United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organization), the IUGS (The International Union of Geological Sciences), the Global Geoparks Network, the European Geoparks Network, the Asian-Pacific Geoparks Network, the Himalayan and Qinghai-Tibet Deep Profile Survey and many international research teams in expressing our deep respect for Zhao Xun. Zhao Xun will be dearly missed by his family, colleagues, and friends. Editorial Committee of Acta Geologica Sinica September 10, 2012


Acta Geologica Sinica is proud to announce that it has received a very prestigious grant from the China Association for Science and Technology.

The China Association for Science and Technology is a non-profit NGO representing Chinese scientists and engineers and is composed of 167 national professional societies. CAST’s annual grants reward journals which successfully promote and develop Chinese science.

Acta Geologica Sinica was awarded the top grant of 2 million RMB for three years.


Special Issue on Current Research on Palaeoentomology

This special issue covers a broad spectrum of Palaeoentomology during past three years.

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A new mantispid-like species of Rhachiberothinae (Neuroptera: Berothidae) from Baltic amber, with a critical review of the fossil record of the subfamily
Abstract: Whalfera wiszniewskii sp. nov. is described from the Late Eocene Baltic amber. The genus Whalfera is considered as the only fossil genus confidently assigned to the Rhachiberothinae. Others previously placed in this subfamily belong to Paraberothinae (except perhaps for Oisea). The Late Eocene/present Rhachiberothinae and the Cretaceous Paraberothinae are considered to be the subfamilies of Berothidae

A new species group in the genus Tanytarsus van der Wulp (Diptera: Chironomidae) based on a fossil record from Baltic amber
Wojciech GIŁKA
Abstract: A new fossil chironomid, Tanytarsus serafini, found in Baltic amber is described and illustrated based on adult males. The new species and similar extant species of the genus Tanytarsus van der Wulp are compared. Due to several distinct characters of wing, legs and hypopygium, a new species group for Tanytarsus serafini is proposed, and its diagnostic features are evaluated.

A new thorny lacewing (Insecta: Neuroptera: Rhachiberothidae) from the Early Cretaceous amber of Lebanon
PETRULEVIČIUS Julian F., AZAR Dany 2, and NEL André
Abstract: A new genus and species of Rhachiberothidae, Raptorapax terribilissima gen. et sp. nov. from the Cretaceous amber of Lebanon is described. The new genus is assigned to the subfamily Paraberothinae. The new material confirms the great diversity of the group in Cretaceous age and its decrease in diversity in recent times.

First psocodean (Psocodea, Empheriidae) from the Cretaceous amber of New Jersey
AZAR Dany , NEL André , and PETRULEVIČIUS Julian F.
Abstract: Representatives of the extinct psocid family Empheriidae are known from Eocene Baltic amber, Lowermost Eocene French amber (Oise), and Lower Cretaceous Spanish amber (Alava). We report herein the first discovery of an empheriid psocid from the Cretaceous amber of New Jersey as Jerseyempheria grimaldii gen. et sp. nov. The fossil is figured and described. The new species is distinguished from related taxa. A discussion and checklist of Empheriidae are provided.

Read more on Volume 84 issue 4!

Special issue on Earth Scientists’ Post-quake Actions !

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition decided to publish a special issue in August 2009 (Volume 83, Issue 4) to release new research results and to commemorate those who lost their lives in the disaster.
Executive Chief Editor: Dong Shuwen (Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China)

Most investigation and research results included in the special issue are published for the first time and its in-depth analysis is surely conductive to future seismic geology and deep dynamics studies. Although research results included in the special issue are still preliminary ones, they are deemed very valuable for future studies for the batch of scientific data released in the special issue were gained from successive on-the-spot investigations even amid intermittent occurrence of aftershocks.

Table of Contents of this Special Issue

Dong Shuwen

Parameters of Coseismic Reverse- and Oblique-Slip Surface Ruptures of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Eastern Tibetan Plateau
XU Xiwei, YU Guihua, CHEN Guihua, RAN Yongkang, LI Chenxia, CHEN Yuegau and CHANG Chungpai

Dextral-Slip Thrust Faulting and Seismic Events of the Ms 8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake, Longmenshan Mountains, Eastern Margin of the Tibetan Plateau
WU Zhenhan, DONG Shuwen, Patrick J. BAROSH, ZHANG Zuocheng and LIAO Huaijun

Active Faulting Pattern, Present-day Tectonic Stress Field and Block Kinematics in the East Tibetan Plateau
ZHANG Yueqiao, DONG Shuwen and YANG Nong

Co-seismic Faults and Geological Hazards and Incidence of Active Fault of Wenchuan Ms 8.0 Earthquake, Sichuan, China
MA Yinsheng, LONG Changxing, TAN Chengxuan, WANG Tao, GONG Mingquan, LIAO Chunting, WU Manlu, SHI Wei, DU Jianjun and PAN Feng

Seismogenic Structure around the Epicenter of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake from Micro-Seismic Tomography
AN Meijian, FENG Mei, DONG Shuwen, LONG Changxing, ZHAO Yue, YANG Nong, ZHAO Wenjin and ZHANG Jizhong

Deep Background of Wenchuan Earthquake and the Upper Crust Structure beneath the Longmen Shan and Adjacent Areas
LI Qiusheng, GAO Rui, WANG Haiyan, ZHANG Jisheng, LU Zhanwu, LI Pengwu, GUAN Ye and HE Rizheng

Relationship between Crustal 3D Density Structure and the Earthquakes in the Longmenshan Range and Adjacent Areas
ZHANG Jisheng, GAO Rui, ZENG Lingsen, LI Qiusheng, GUAN Ye, HE Rizheng, WANG Haiyan and LU Zhanwu

Preliminary Results of In-situ Stress Measurements along the Longmenshan Fault Zone after the Wenchuan Ms8.0 Earthquake
WU Manlu, ZHANG Yueqiao, LIAO Chunting, CHEN Qunce, MA Yinsheng, WU Jinsheng, YAN Junfeng and QU Mingyi

Process Analysis of In-situ Strain during the Ms8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake—Data from the Stress Monitoring Station at Shandan
PENG Hua, MA Xiumin and JIANG Jingjie

Satellite Thermal Infrared Earthquake Precursor to the Wenchuan Ms 8.0 Earthquake in Sichuan, China, and its Analysis on Geodynamics
WEI Lejun, GUO Jianfeng, LIU Jianhua, LU Zhenquan, LI Haibing and CAI Hui

RS and GIS-based Statistical Analysis of Secondary Geological Disasters after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake
CHEN Jianping, LI Jianfeng, QIN Xuwen, DONG Qingji and SUN Yan

A Framework of Massively Parallel Analysis of Regional Earthquake Activities
ZHANG Huai, SHI Yaolin and WU Zhongliang

Vp/Vs Anisotropy and Implications for Crustal Composition Identification and Earthquake Prediction
WANG Qian, JI Shaocheng and XU Zhiqin

Assessment of Geological Security and Integrated Assessment Geo-environmental Suitability in the Worst-hit Areas in Wenchuan Quake
LI Wenpeng, WEN Dongguang, ZHOU Aiguo, SUN Xiaoming, MENG Hui, SHI Jusong, CHEN Zongyu, ZHANG Liqin, FENG Xiaoming, LIU Changli and ZHOU Jianwei

Risk Assessment and Treatment Countermeasures for the Barrier Lakes of Wenchuan Earthquake on May 12th, 2008
ZHANG Fawang, ZHANG Zhaoji, HAN Zhantao, SUN Jianping and XIAO Guoqiang

Abnormal Phenomena Recorded by Several Earthquake Precursor Observation Instruments before the Ms 8.0 Wenchuan, Sichuan Earthquake
OUYANG Zuxi, ZHANG Hongxun, FU Zizhong, GOU Bo and JIANG Wali