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Nicholas Martin


Asia in the Proterozoic Eon

Although there is not a relatively large amount of research that has been done on

the structure, stratigraphy, and chemostratigraphy of Asia in the Proterozoic Eon, this

period of time is still vastly important to the formation of the continent. Parts of Rodinia,

the neoproterozoic supercontinent formed 1.3-.9 billion years ago and broken up 750-633

million years ago, combined with other cratons like the Tarim and North China to form

the modern continent of Asia.

Much of Rodinia is a vital piece of the accretion of Asia. Along with a craton

called Godwanaland, Rodinias accretion blocks slowly formed the modern continent of

Asia. Zheng-Xiang Li, a professor of geosciences at Curtin University, established a

working hypothesis that predicted the possible locations of the major East Asian cratons

during the formation and breakup of Rodinia. Using biogeographic, technostratigrapic,

and limited palaeomagnetic information, Li was able to make the prediction that the

Tarim block was located adjacent to Northwestern Australia and that the North China

block was next to Siberia during the majority of the Proterozoic Eon.

An uncertainty about Asia during the mesoproterozoic and neoproterozoic era is

the question of why the carbon cycle has seen so much change over the years. Substantial

quantities and changes in the presence of 13C during the neoproterozoic era raises

questions as to why it is happening. Because of the poor carbon-isotope coverage and

radiometric ages in Asia that span much of the Proterozoic eon, this question does not

have an obvious answer.

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