Yang Tiannan


Details of the Faculty or Staff

Yang Tiannan

Address: Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences 

No. 26, Baiwanzhuang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100037

Phone: +86-010-68999722

Education Experience

  • 1991 - China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Structural Geology; Master
  • 1988 - China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Metallogeny.; Bachelor

Professional Experience

(1)Magma evolution and deep dynamic process of Tethys tectonics (973 project for the Ministry of Science and Technology).

(2)Composite orogeny and tectonic setting of Tethys in Sanjiang area (973 project for the Ministry of Science and Technology).

(3)Cenozoic collision deformation and metallogenic setting for lead-zinc polymetal in the Sanjiang area of southwestern China (Geological Survey Projects).

(4)A special survey of regional geology in the southern part of the Sanjiang orogenic belt of southwestern China (Geological Survey Projects)

Research interests

(1)Temporal and spatial variation of tectonic style, deformation partition, strain distribution and its relation with plate motions in the orogenic process.

 (2)Sedimentary deformation and mineralization of orogenic basins.

  Current research area:

   Evolution and mineralization of tectonic belts in Sanjiang area of southwestern China.  

Awards and Honors, Academic posts

Scientific Research Projects



H. R. Zhang, T. N. Yang et al., 2016. Devonian Nb-enriched basalts and andesites of north-central Tibet: Evidence for the early subduction of the Paleo-Tethyan oceanic crust beneath the North Qiangtang Block. Tectonophysics, 682: 96–107.


  Y. C. Song, T. N. Yang et al., 2015. The Chaqupacha Mississippi Valley-type Pb–Zn deposit, central Tibet: Ore formation in a fold and thrust belt of the India–Asia continental collision zone. Ore Geology Reviews 70: 533–545.


 1. T. N. Yang, M.-J. Liang, J.-W. Fan, P.-L. Shi, H.R. Zhang, 2014. Two-phase subduction and subsequent collision defi nes the Paleotethyan tectonics of the southeastern Tibetan Plateau: Evidence from zircon U-Pb dating, geochemistry, and structural geology of the Sanjiang orogenic belt, southwest China. GSA Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B30921.1.

2. T. N. Yang, J.Y. Li, M.J. Liang, Y. Wang. 2014. Early Permian mantle–crust interaction in the south-central Altaids: High-temperature metamorphism, crustal partial melting, and mantle-derived magmatism. Gondwana Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.gr.2014. 05.003.


T. N. Yang, M.-J. Liang, J.-W. Fan, P.-L. Shi, H.R. Zhang, Z.-H. Hou. 2013. Paleogene sedimentation, volcanism, and deformation in eastern Tibet: Evidence from structures, geochemistry, and zircon U–Pb dating in the Jianchuan Basin, SW China. Gondwana Researchdoi: 10.1016/j.gr.2013.07.014.


T. N. Yang, Z.Q. Hou, Y. Wang et al., 2012. Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic tectonic evolution of northeast Tibet: Evidence from the Triassic composite western Jinsha-Garzê-Litang suture. Tectonics, Vol. 31, TC4004, doi: 10.1029/2011TC003044.


1. T. N. Yang, H. R. Zhang, Y.X. Liu et al., 2011. Permo-Triassic arc magmatism in central Tibet: evidence from zircon U–Pb geochronology, Hf isotopes, rare earth elements, and bulk geochemistry. Chemical Geology. 284: 270–282.

2. T. N. Yang, J.Y. Li and J. Zhang, 2011. The Altai-Mongolia terrane in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB): a peri-Gondwana one? Evidence from zircon U-Pb, Hf isotopes and REE abundance. Precambrian Research, 187:  79–98.

3. T. N. Yang, Y. Peng., Leech, M., and  H.Y. Lin, 2011. Fold patterns indicating Triassic constrictional deformation on the Liaodong peninsula, eastern China, and tectonic implications. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 40: 72–83.


T.  N. Yang; J. Y. Li; Y. Wang Y.; X. Dang, 2010. Late Early Permian (266 Ma) N–S compressional deformation of the Turfan basin, NW China: the cause of the change in basin pattern. International Journal of Earth Science, DOI 10.1007/s00531-008-0396-y


T. N. Yang, Zeng L.S., Zhao Z.R. and Liou, J.G., 2008, Retrograde reactions of an ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic spinel pyroxenite lens, northeastern Sulu UHP terrane, eastern China, International Geological Review, 50 (1), 32-47.


T. N. Yang, Wang, Y., Li J.Y., Sun G.H., 2007. Vertical and Horizontal strain partitioning of Central Tianshan, NW China: Evidence from Structure and Ar/Ar geochronology. Journal of Structural Geology, 29: 1605-1621.


1. Leech, M.L., Webb, L.E., and T. N. Yang, 2006, Diachronous histories for the Dabie-Sulu orogen from high-temperature geochronology, In: Hacker, B.R., McClelland, W.C., and Liou, J.G. (eds), Ultrahigh- pressure metamorphism: Deep continental subduction, Geological Society of America, Special Paper 403, pp. 1-22.

2. Webb, L.E., Leech, M.L., and T. N. Yang, 2006, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of the Sulu terrane: Late Triassic exhumation of high- and ultrahigh-pressure rocks and implications for Mesozoic tectonics in East Asia, In: Hacker, B.R., McClelland, W.C., and Liou, J.G. (eds), Ultrahigh- pressure metamorphism: Deep continental subduction, Geological Society of America, Special Paper 403, pp. 77-92.


T. N. Yang, Zeng L., and Liou J. G., 2005, Mineral evolution of a garnet-pyroxenite nodule within eclogite, eastern Sulu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane, east China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 23: 667-680.


1. T. N. Yang, Xu, Z.Q., and Leech, M., 2004. Mass balance during retrogression of eclogite-facies minerals in the Rongcheng eclogite, eastern Sulu ultrahigh-pressure terrane, China. American Mineralogist,89, 1525-1532.

2. T. N. Yang, 2004, Retrograded textures and associated mass transfer: evidence for aqueous fluid action during exhumation of Qinglongshan eclogite, Southern Sulu ultrahigh pressure metamorphic terrane, eastern China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 22: 653-669.