Structure and Tectonics of Southeast Asia

A comprehensive evaluation of the structural framework and tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia. The report builds a fundamental structural and tectonic framework based on data, including Getech’s best available gravity and magnetic data. The result is a detailed, kinematically realistic structural map and a new and original regional plate tectonic model.

Scientific rigour is the foundation of this report. Structural mapping is constrained against data; plate modelling is in turn constrained by these structures. Additionally, the plate model is developed in the context of Getech’s Global Plate Model to eliminate boundary effects.

The Structure and Tectonics of Southeast Asia area of interest

“The result is a detailed, kinematically realistic structural map and a new and original plate tectonic model.”

Structure and Tectonics of Southeast Asia area of interst


  • 386 page report with 219 figures and tables
  • Four enclosures
  • Structure and tectonics wall map of Southeast Asia
  • An ArcGIS™ project and geodatabase v10.x (earlier versions available on request)
  • Plate model (PaleoGIS and GPlates formats)

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This Regional Report investigates…

…the opening history of the South China Sea: extrusion tectonics versus slab pull.

…the redefinitions of major plate boundaries in the region, e.g. does Borneo really rotate as a single plate?

…neotectonics as an constraint to plate modelling.

…solutions to previous attempts at plate modelling in the region, e.g. the space problems caused by the rotation of Sulawesi and subduction of the Celebes Sea.

…the crustal extension as constrained by 2D gravity and magnetic profile modelling.

Report Contents

  • Executive Summary and Introduction
  • Geophysics, including nineteen 2D gravity and magnetic profile models
  • Structural  Mapping and Tectonic Evolution
  • Neotectonics of Southeast Asia
  • Plate Modelling
  • Tectonophysiographic Terranes and Depositional Systems
  • Conclusions, Bibliography and Appendices

ArcGIS™ Contents

Present Day:

  • Cultural data
  • Basin and sub-basin outlines
  • Principle tectonic elements
  • Structures
  • Volcanics, intrusives and metamorphics
  • Crustal types
  • Neotectonics
    • Earthquakes and volcanoes
    • Plate velocities
    • Principal strain axis
    • Strain grid
  • Seismic line locations
  • Images of gravity data, derivatives and transforms
  • Topography and bathymetry
  • Nineteen 2D gravity and magnetic profiles hyperlinked to PDFs

 Plate reconstructions:

  • Forty layer file groups illustrating rotated coastline and tectonic plate positions for timeslices from Present Day back to the Sakmarian (Early Permian).  This enables easy visualisation of plate modelling results without the requirement for use of GPlates or PaleoGIS.

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