Geochemistry | May 20, 2019
As the second and third receivers, Professors Zhao Guochun and Min Sun from the Department of Earth Sciences of HKU were awarded 2018 Natural Science Award (First Class) from the Chinese Education Ministry for their project entitled "Paleoproterozoic Tectono-thermal Evolution of the Jiao-Liao-Ji Belt and Early Precambrian Transition of Tectonic Regimes ", together with Professor Sanzhong Li from Ocean University of China and Professor Xiwen Zhou from the Institute of Geology of Chinese Academy of Geological Science, who are the first and fourth receivers of this award. This project has led to the reinterpretations of formation and evolution of the Paleoproterozoic Jiao-Liao-Ji Belt that developed from a continental rifting basin, through an ocean, to the closure of the ocean, leading to continent-continent collision. The research results of the project have been highlighted by more than 16 refereed papers published in leading international journals and two books published by Springer and Elsevier, which have been cited by others for more than 1100 times.
Professors Zhao Guochun (HKU), Min Sun (HKU) and Sanzhong Li (Ocean University of China) were also the receivers of “2014 State Natural Science Award (Second Class Prize)” for their project entitled "Paleoproterozoic amalgamation of the North China Craton and the assembly of the Columbia supercontinent".