An ethnic village and step-paddies


About the Workshop

The Indochina, and particularly northern Vietnam, is in a key-position for understanding the Late Tertiary to Recent tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia. Crossed by the southern part of the Red River Fault Zone (RRFZ) it has been strongly affected by the India-Asia collision and by East Vietnam Sea (South China Sea) rifting.

The Red River Fault Zone is a major tectonic feature separating the South China and Indochina blocks. This zone, more than 900 km long and extending between eastern Tibet and the Tonkin Gulf, is the most conspicuous geomorphic and geologic discontinuity in Southeast Asia. The RRFZ comprises four narrow (<20 km wide) high-grade metamorphic massifs: Xuelong Shan, Diancang Shan, and Ailao Shan in China, and the SE part of Ailao Shan and Day Nui Con Voi (DNCV) in Vietnam. The Miocene terrestrial strata occur in patches along the entire RRFZ.

During the past decade, the cooperation between the Institute of Geological Sciences (Polish Academy of Sciences) and the Institute of Geological Sciences (Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology) on “Geodynamics of the Northern Vietnam”, co- chaired by Antoni K. Tokarski and Nguyen Trong Yem, has been carried out. During this period, several field missions were organized in northern Vietnam. The results of the investigation were published in 42 papers ( most of them in peer-reviewed journals) and more than 40 conference abstracts.


The workshop will focus on: metamorphic geology, structural geology, evolution of sedimentary basins, morphotectonics, as well as seismicity, recent tectonics and mineral resources.

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