Division of Metamorphic Rocks and Precambrian Geology

Tian Zhonghua




Details of the Faculty or Staff

Tian Zhonghua

Address: Institute of Geology,Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences Baiwanzhuang Road 26, Beijing, 100037 P.R. China

E-mail: tianzhonghua@cags.ac.cn

Telephone: 010-82998267

Mobile: 15811130352

Education Experience

Professional Experience

2013 – current  Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences.; Researcher, Field geologist

Research interests

  • Meso- to small-scale structural geology, Field mapping, Fold superimposition, Fold and thrust belt, Balance cross-section restoring, Ophiolitic mélange, Structural deciphering in Accretionary and Collisional orogenesis.

    I would like to do more research on the superposed fold, and fold and thrust belt, and I also would like to do more field mapping and teach undergraduate students.  

Awards and Honors, Academic posts

Scientific Research Projects

(1)Principal Investigator: Zhonghua Tian

Name: Superposed buckle folding in the Aertashi area, eastern Pamir salient, Natural Science for Youth Foundation

(2)Principal Investigator: Zhonghua Tian, Jianhui Liu, Yongsheng Dong

Name: 1to 50 000 metamorphic geolocial mapping for the Liaohe Group in the central part of Jiao-Liao-Ji Orogenic belt.China geological survey Foundation

(3)Principal Investigator: Zhonghua Tian

Name: Field geological mapping in a high-grade gneiss dome in the central part of Jiao-Liao-Ji Orogenic belt.

Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences Foundation


  • First-authored 

             Tian, Z.H., Xiao, W.J., Shan, Y.H., Windley, B., Han, C.M., Zhang, J.E., Song, D.F., 2013. Mega-fold interference patterns in the Beishan orogen (NW China) created by change in plate configuration during Permo-Triassic termination of the Altaids. Journal of Structural Geology 52, 119-135.

             Tian, Z.H., Xiao, W.J., Windley, B.F., Lin, L.N., Han, C.M., Zhang, J..E, Wan, B., Ao, S.J., Song, D.F., Feng, J., 2014. Structure, age, and tectonic development of the Huoshishan–Niujuanzi ophiolitic mélange, Beishan, southernmost Altaids. Gondwana Research 25, 820-841.

            Tian, Z., Xiao, W., Sun, J., Windley, B.F., Glen, R., Han, C., Zhang, Z., Zhang, J.e., Wan, B., Ao, S., Song, D., 2015. Triassic deformation of Permian Early Triassic arc-related sediments in the Beishan (NW China): Last pulse of the accretionary orogenesis in the southernmost Altaids. Tectonophysics 662, 363-384.

             Tian, Z., Xiao, W., Zhang, Z., Lin, X., 2016. Fisson-track constrains on superposed folding in the Beishan Orogenic Belt, southernmost Altaids. Geoscience Frontiers 7, 181-196.

          Tian, Z.H., Sun, J.M., Windely, B., Zhang, Z.L., Gong, Z.J., Lin, X., Xiao W.J., 2016. Cenozoic detachment folding in the southern Tianshan foreland, NW China: shortening distances and rates. Journal of Structural Geology 84, 142-161.

             Tian, Z., Xiao, W., Windley, B.F., Zhang, Z., Zhang, J.E., Song, D., 2017. Carboniferous rifted arcs leading to an archipelago of multiple arcs in the Beishan-Tianshan orogenic collages (NW China). International Journal of Earth Sciences, In press.


          Zhang, Z., Sun, J., Tian, Z., Gong, Z., 2016. Magnetostratigraphy of syntectonic growth strata and implications for the late Cenozoic deformation in the Baicheng Depression, Southern Tian Shan. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 118, 111-124.

           Luo, J., Xiao, W., Wakabayashi, J., Han, C., Zhang, J.e., Wan, B., Ao, S., Zhang, Z., Tian, Z., Song, D., Chen, Y., 2016. The Zhaheba ophiolite complex in Eastern Junggar (NW China): Long lived supra-subduction zone ocean crust formation and its implications for the tectonic evolution in southern Altaids. Gondwana Research, Proofed.

           Song, D., Xiao, W., Windley, B.F., Han, C., Tian, Z., 2015. A Paleozoic Japan-type subduction-accretion system in the Beishan orogenic collage, southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt. Lithos 224–225, 195-213.

         Zhang, Z., Shen, Z., Sun, J., Wang, X., Tian, Z., Pan, X., Shi, L., 2015. Magnetostratigraphy of the Kelasu section in the Baicheng depression, Southern Tian Shan, northwestern China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 111, 492-504.

    Sun J.M., Gong Z.J, Tian Z.H., Jia Y.Y., Brian Windley., 2015. Late Miocene stepwise aridification in the Asian interior and the interplay between tectonics and climate. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 421, 48-59.

            Lin, X., Zheng, D., Sun, J., Windley, B.F., Tian, Z., Gong, Z., Jia, Y., 2015. Detrital apatite fission track evidence for provenance change in the Subei Basin and implications for the tectonic uplift of the Danghe Nan Shan (NW China) since the mid-Miocene. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 111, 302-311.

          Gong, Z.J., Sun, J.M., Lü., T.Y., and Tian, Z.H., 2014, Investigating the optically stimulated luminescence dose saturation behavior for quartz grains from dune sands in China: Quaternary Geochronology 22, 137-143.

         Song, D.F., Xiao, W.J., Han, C.M., and Tian, Z.H., 2014, Polyphase deformation of a Paleozoic forearc–arc complex in the Beishan orogen, NW China: Tectonophysics 632, 224-243.

           Xiao, W.J., Han, C.M., Liu, W., Wan, B.., Zhang, J. E., Ao, S.J., Zhang, Z.Y., Song, D.F., Tian, Z.H., and Luo, J., 2014, How many sutures in the southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Insights from East Xinjiang–West Gansu (NW China)?: Geoscience Frontiers 5, 525-536.

         Guo, Q.Q., Xiao, W.J., Hou, Z.Q., Windley, B. F., Han, C.M., Tian, Z. H., and Song, D.F., 2014, Construction of Late Devonian Dundunshan arc in the Beishan orogen and its implication for tectonics of southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Lithos184–187, 361-378. 

          Song, D.F., Xiao, W.J., Han, C.M., Tian, Z.H., 2013. Geochronological and geochemical study of gneiss–schist complexes and associated granitoids, Beishan Orogen, southern Altaids. International Geology Review, 55, 1705–1727.

           Song, D.F., Xiao, W.J., Han, C.M., Tian, Z.H., Wang, Z.M., 2013. Provenance of metasedimentary rocks from Beishan orogenic collage, southern Altaids: constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopic data. Gondwana Research, 24, 1141-1157.

    Ao, S.J., Xiao, W.J., Han, C.M., Li X.H., Qu, J.F., Zhang, J.E., Guo, Q.Q., Tian, Z.H., 2012. Cambrian to Early Silurian accretionary process in the Beishan Collage, NW China: implications for architecture of the Altaids. Geological Magazine, 149, 606-625. 

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