Zhiming Yang


Details of the Faculty or Staff

Dr. Zhiming Yang


Address: Institute of Geology,Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

No. 26 Baiwanzhuang Road,

Xicheng District,Beijing100037, P.R. China


Office phone: 010-68999653

Education Experience

  • 09/2005–06/2008, Doctor, Petro., Miner., Min.  Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China

         Supervisor: Prof. Zengqian Hou

  • 09/2002–05/2005, Master, Mineral Prospecting and Exploration,Department of Mineral Resources, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China 

         Supervisor: Prof. Yuling Xie 

Professional Experience

2015, Research Professor

Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China

Leader of project “Deep Structure and Ore-forming process of main porphyry Cu-Mo-Au systems in Tibetan Orogen”, AU$ 2,000,000/ 5 years 

2013–2016, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, EGRU (Economic Geology Research Centre), School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

2013–2014, Visiting Scholar, EGRU (Economic Geology Research Centre), School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

-worked on genesis of post-collisional porphyry Cu deposits in collaboration with Zhaoshan Chang

2010-2015 Research Associate Professor, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China

      - Porphyry Cu-Mo deposits

      - Leader of project on Collisional-type porphyry Cu, AU$600, 000 / 4 years

      - Leader of project on Gangdese porphyry Cu belt, AU$154,000 / 5 years

 - Leader of project on Qulong Cu porphyry deposit, AU$130, 000 / 4 years

2009-2010  Visiting Scholar,  CODES, ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, University of Tasmania, Australia

-worked on genesis of Bilihe Au deposit in collaboration with Zhaoshan Chang

2008-2010  Research Assistant Professor,  Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China

      - Porphyry Cu-Mo, magmatic Au deposits       

      - Leader of project on Narigongma Cu-Mo porphyry belt, AU$77,000 / 5 years

 -Leader of project on Bilihe Au deposit, AU$77, 000 / 3 years 

Research interests

Awards and Honors, Academic posts

2013  Two papers published on Mineral Deposits ranked in TOP1% in the highly-cited Chinese journal papers for 5-year period (2007~2011);

2011  Honored first-class Scientific and Technological Progress Award of Ministry of Land and Resource of China;

2008  The Yuqi Cheng Fellowship “Excellent Doctoral Dissertation”, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences;

2005  USTB 2005 Excellent Master Dissertation,  University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB).

Scientific Research Projects

2015-2018 Genesis of comb quartz layers: case studies from porphyry Cu deposits at Qulong, Tibet and Now Chun, Iran. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (US$150,000);

2015-2016 Metallogenetic law and prospecting target prediction of the Jinchanggouliang Au deposit, Inner Mongolia. Funded by China National Gold Group Corporation (US$97,000);

2015-2018 Geological setting, metallogenesis and further exploration potential for important deposits in central Tethys. Funded by China Geology Survey (US $8,600, 000);

2013-2016 Source of metals and sulfur for post-collisional porphyry Cu deposits: A case study from the Qulong Cu deposit, Tibet. Funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (US$130,000);

2011-2012 Metallogenetic law and prospecting target prediction of the Bilihe Au deposit, Inner Mongolia. Funded by China National Gold Group Corporation (US$38,500).

2011-2012 Research progress of theory on porphyry and epithermal deposits. Funded by China Geological Survey (US$23,000); 

2010-2013 Metallogenetic law and exploration model of porphyry Cu deposits in non-arc setting. Funded by MSTC (US$600,000);

2010-2012 Enrichment mechanism of gold during magmatic-hydrothermal transition at Bilihe, Inner Mongolia: constraint on genesis of gold-rich porphyry Cu deposits. Funded by NSFC (US$30,000);

2009-2010 Enrichment mechanism of gold during magmatic-hydrothermal process at Bilihe, Inner Mongolia. Funded by MSTC (US$46,000);

2009-2013 Genesis of porphyry Cu deposits in the Yulong-Narigongma belt. Funded by MSTC (US$77,000)


  • Full Papers:

    Papers in English

          1. Yang, Z.M., Goldfarb, R., Chang, Z.S., 2016. Generation of postcollisional porphyry Cu deposits in southern Tibet triggered by subduction of Indian continental plate. Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 19, p. 279-300.

          2. Lu, Y.J., Loucks, R.R., Fiorentini, M., McCuaig, C.M., Evans, N.J., Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Kirkland, C., Avila, L.P., 2016. Zircon chemistry as a pathfinder for porphyry Cu ± Mo ± Au systems. Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 19, p. 329-347.  

          3. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Chang, Z.S., Li, Q.Y., Liu, Y.F., Qu, H.C., Sun, M.Y., Xu, B., 2016. Cospatial Eocene and Miocene granitoids from the Jiru Cu deposit in Tibet: Petrogenesis and implications for the formation of collisional and postcollisional porphyry Cu systems in continental collision zones: Lithos, v. 245, 243-257.

          4. Yang, Z.M., Chang, Z.S., Paquette, J., White, N.C., Hou, Z.Q., Ge, L.S. 2015. Magmatic Au mineralization at the Bilihe Au deposit, China: Economic Geology, v. 110, p. 1661-1668.

          5. Yang, Z.M., Chang, Z.S., Hou, Z.Q., Meffre, S. 2016. Age, igneous petrogenesis, and tectonic setting of the Bilihe gold deposit, China, and implications for regional metallogeny: Gondwana Research, v. 34, p. 296-314.

          6. Yang, Z.M., Lu, Y.J., Hou, Z.Q., Chang, Z.S. 2015. High-Mg diorite from Qulong in southern Tibet: Implications for the genesis of adakite-like intrusions and associated porphyry Cu deposits in collisional orogens: Journal of Petrology, v. 56, p. 227-254.

          7. Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Lu, Y.J., Kemp, T., Yang, Z.S., Tang, J.X., Qu, X.M., Duan, L.F., Zheng, Y.C. 2015. A genetic linkage between subduction- and continental collision-related porphyry Cu deposits in Tibet: Geology, v. 43, p. 247-250.

          8. Lu, Y.J, Loucks, R.R., Fiorentini, M.L., Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q. 2015. Fluid flux melting generated post-collisional high-Sr/Y copper-ore–forming water-rich magmas in Tibet. Geology, v. 43, p. 583-586.

          9. Hou, Z.Q., Li, Q.Y., Gao, Y.F., Lu, Y.J., Yang, Z.M., Shen, Z.C., Wang, R., Duan, L.F., Ma, G.X. 2014. Lower-crustal magmatic hornblendite in North China: Insight into the genesis of porphyry Cu deposits. Economic Geology, v. 110, p. 1879-1904.

          10. Hou, Z.Q., Duan, L.F., Lu, Y.J., Zheng, Y.C., Zhu, D.C., Yang, Z.M., Yang, Z.S., Wang, B.D., Pei, Y.R., Zhao, Z.D., McCuaig, T.C. 2015. Lithospheric architectures of the Lhasa Terrane and its control on ore deposits in the Himalaya-Tibetan orogen. Economic Geology, v. 110, p. 1541-1575.

          11. Hou, Z.Q., Liu, Y., Tian, S.H., Yang, Z.M., Xie, Y.L., 2015. Formation of carbonatite-related giant rare-earth-element deposits by the recycling of marine sediments: Scientific Report, 5:10231. doi: 10.1038/srep10231.

          12. Yang, D., Hou, Z.Q., Zhao, Y., Hou, K.J., Yang, Z.M., Tian, S.H., Fu, Q., 2015. Lithium isotope traces magmatic fluid in a seafloor hydrothermal system. Scientific Report, v. 5, p. 13812. doi: 10.1038/srep13812.

          13. Chen, J.L., Xu, J.F., Wang, B.D., Yang, Z.M., Ren, J.B., Yu, H.X., Liu, H.F., Feng, Y.X. 2015. Differences in the geochemistry of subduction- and collision-related porphyry copper deposits and implications for metallogenesis: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 70, p. 424-437. 

          14. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Xu, J.F., Bian, X.F., Wang, G.R., Yang, Z.S., Tian, S.H., Liu, Y.C., Wang, Z.L., 2014, Geology and origin of the post-collisional Narigongma porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, southern Qinghai, Tibet: Gondwana Research, v. 26, p. 536-556. 

          15. Wang, R., Richards, J.P., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Gou, Z.B., DuFrane, A. 2014. Increasing magmatic oxidation state from Paleocene to Miocene in the eastern Gangdese belt, Tibet: Implication for collision-related porphyry Cu-Mo±Au mineralization: Economic Geology, v. 109, p. 1943-1965.

          16. Wang, R., Richards, J.P., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., 2014. Greater India slab breakoff as a trigger for Miocene porphyry Cu-Mo±Au deposit formation in the eastern Gangdese belt, Tibet: Mineralium Deposita, v. 49: 165-173.  

          17. Wang, R., Richards, J.P., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., DuFrane, S.A., 2014. Increased magmatic water content — the key to Oligo-Miocene porphyry Cu-Mo±Au formation in the eastern Gangdese belt, Tibet: Economic Geology, v. 109, p. 1315-1340.

          18. Lu, Y.J., Kerrich, R., Kemp, A., McCuaig, T.C., Hou, Z.Q., Hart, C.J., Yang, Z.M., Bagas, L., Cliff, J., Belousova, E.A., Jourdan, F., Evans, N.J., 2013. Intracontinental porphyry Cu mineral systems of Yunnan, western Yangtze Craton: Compositional characteristics, sources, and implications for continental collision metallogeny: Economic Geology, v. 108, p. 1541-1576.

          19. Hou, Z.Q., Pan, X.F., Li, Q.Y., Yang, Z.M., Song, Y.C. 2013. The giant Dexing porphyry Cu–Mo–Au deposit in east China: product of melting of juvenile lower crust in an intracontinental setting: Mineralium Deposita, v. 48: 1019-1045. doi: 10.1007/s00126-013-0472-5.

          20. Hou, Z.Q., Zheng, Y.C., Yang, Z.M., Rui, Z.Y., Zhao, Z.D., Jiang, S.H., Qu, X.M., Sun, Q.Z., 2013, Contribution of mantle components within juvenile lower-crust to collisional zone porphyry Cu systems in Tibet: Mineralium Deposita, v. 48, p. 173-192.

          21. Chang, Z.S., and Yang, Z.M., 2012, Evaluation of inter-instrument variations among Short Wavelength Infra-Red (SWIR) devices: Economic Geology, v. 107, p. 1479-1488.

          22. Hou, Z.Q., Zhang, H.R., Pan, X.F., Yang, Z.M., 2011, Porphyry Cu (-Mo-Au) deposits related to melting of thickened mafic lower crust: Examples from the eastern Tethyan metallogenic domain. Ore Geology Review, v. 39, p. 21-45.

          23. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.M., White, N.C., Chang, Z.S., Li, Z.Q., and Song, Y.C., 2009, Geology of the post-collisional porphyry copper-molybdenum deposit at Qulong, Tibet: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 36, p. 133-159.

          24. Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Qu, X.M., Meng, X.J., Li, Z.Q., Beaudoin, G., Rui, Z.Y., Gao, Y.F., Zaw, K., 2009. The Miocene Gangdese porphyry copper belt generated during post-collisional extension in the Tibetan Orogen. Ore Geology Review, 36: 25~51.

          25. Mo, X.X., Hou, Z.Q., Niu, Y.L., Dong, G.C., Qu, X.M., Zhao, Z.D., Yang, Z.M., 2007, Mantle contributions to crustal thickening during continental collision: Evidence from Cenozoic igneous rocks in southern Tibet: Lithos, v. 96, p. 225-242.

          26. Hou, Z.Q., Tian, S.H., Yuan, Z.X., Xie, Y.L., Yin, S.P., Yi, L.S., Fei, H.C., and Yang, Z.M., 2006, The Himalayan collision zone carbonatites in Western Sichuan, SW China: petrogenesis, mantle source and tectonic implication: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., v. 244, p. 234-250.

      Papers in Chinese with English abstract: 

          27. Yang, Z.M. and Xie, Y.L., 2015, Metallogenetic law and exploration model of porphyry Cu deposits in non-arc setting: Preface. Acta Petrologica Mineralogica, v. 34, p. 445-446 (in Chinese).

          28. Du, D.H., Yang, Z.M., Liu, Y.F., Qu, H.C., Li, Q.Y., Xu, B., Ba, D.Z., 2015, Geology, alteration and mineralization of the Tinggong porphyry Cu deposit in southern Tibet. Acta Petrologica Mineralogica, v. 34, p. 447-474 (in Chinese with English abstract).

         29. Sun, M.Y., Qu, H.C., Li, Q.Y., Zhou, L.M., Yang, Z.M., Liu, S.T., Liu, Y.G., 2015, Recognition of the ore-forming porphyry in the Yulong Cu deposit and its geological significance. Acta Petrologica Mineralogica, v. 34, p. 493-504 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          30. Qu, H.C., Zhou, L.M., Yang, Z.M., 2015. Dating of molybdenite-bearing rock in the Zhushahong deposit of Dexing and its geological significance. Acta Petrologica Mineralogica, v. 34, p. 517-525 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          31. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.S., Qu, H.C., Li, Z.Q., Liu, Y.F., 2012, Application of short wavelength infrared (SWIR) technique in exploration of poorly eroded porphyry Cu district: A case study of Niancun ore district, Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 31, p. 699-717 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          32. Liu, Y.F., Yang, Z.M., Xie, Y.L., Zhou, P., Du, D.H., Li, Y.X., Li, Q.Y., Qu, H.C., Xu, B., 2012, Zircon SHRIMP U-Pb age and geochemistry of intrusive rocks from Nongruri gold deposit, Gangdese, Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 31, 729-744 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          33. Du, D.H., Yang, Z.M., Li, Q.Y., Liu, Y.F., PingCuo, Wang, H.Y., 2012, Determination of Eocene porphyritic monzogranite intrusions in Tinggong ore district of Tibet and its geological significance: Mineral Deposits, v. 31, 745-757 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          34. Hou, Z.Q., Zheng, Y.C., Yang, Z.M., Yang, Z.S., 2012, Metallogenesis of continental collision setting: Part I. Gangdese Cenozoic porphyry Cu-Mo systems in Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 31, 647-670 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          35. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Jiang, Y.F., Zhang, H.R., Song, Y.C., 2011, Sr-Nd-Pb and zircon Hf isotopic constraints on petrogenesis of the Late Jurassic granitic porphyry at Qulong, Tibet: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 27, p. 2003-2010 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          36. Yang, Z.M. and Hou, Z.Q., 2009, Porphyry Cu deposits in collisional orogen setting: A preliminary genetic model: Mineral Deposits, v. 28, p. 515-538 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          37. Yang, Z.M. and Hou, Z.Q., 2009, Genesis of giant porphyry Cu deposit at Qulong, Tibet: constraints from fluid inclusions and H-O isotopes: Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 83, p. 1838-1959 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          38. Hou, Z.Q. and Yang, Z.M., 2009, Porphyry deposits in continental settings of China: geological characteristics, magmatic-hydrothermal system, and metallogenic model: Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 83, p. 1817-1836 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          39. Huang, D.H., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Li, Z.Q., Xu, D.X., 2009, Geological and geochemical characteristics, metallogenetic mechanism and tectonic setting of carbonatite vein-type Mo(Pb) deposits in the East Qinling Mo ore belt: Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 83, p. 1984-1995 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          40. Li, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Zhu, X.K., Hou, Z.Q., Li, S.Z., Li, Z.H., Wang, Y., 2009, Cu isotope composition of Qulong porphyry Cu deposit, Tibet: Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 83, p. 1996-2016 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          41. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.S., Wang, S.X., Wang, G.R., Tiang, S.H., Wen, D.Y., Wang, Z.L., Liu, Y.C., 2008, Genesis of porphyries and tectonic controls on the Narigongma porphyry Mo(-Cu) deposit, southern Qinghai: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 24, p. 489-502 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          42. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Song, Y.C., Li, Z.Q., Xia, D.X., Pan, F.C., 2008, Qulong superlarge porphyry Cu deposit in Tibet: Geology, alteration and mineralization: Mineral Deposits, v. 27, p. 279-318 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          43. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Li, Z.Q., Song, Y.C., and Xie, Y.L., 2008, Direct record of the primary fluid exsolving from magma: evidence from unidirectional solidification texture (UST) in quartz found in Qulong porphyry copper deposit, Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 27, p. 188-199 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          44. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Xia, D.X., Song, Y.C., Li, Z., 2008, Relationship between western porphyry and mineralization in Qulong copper deposit of Tibet and its enlightenment to further exploration: Mineral Deposits, v. 27, p. 28-36 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          45. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., White, N.C., Yang, K.H., Song, Y.C., Wang, Z.L., 2008, Discovery of peperite in south Qinghai and its inspiration to exploration of volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits: Mineral Deposits, v. 27, p. 336-344 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          46. Wang, Z.L, Yang, Z.M., Yang, Z.S., Tian, S.H., Liu, Y.C., Ma, Y.Q., Wang, G.R., Qu, W.J., 2008, Narigongma porphyry Mo-Cu deposit, northern extension of Yulong Cu belt: evidence from the age of Re-Os isotope: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 24, p. 503-510 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          47. Hou, Z.Q., Pan, X.F., Yang, Z.M., Qu, X.M., 2007, Porphyry Cu-(Mo-Au) deposits no related to oceanic-slab subduction: Examples from Chinese porphyry deposits in continental settings: Geoscience, v. 21, p. 332-351 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          48. Yang, Z.M., Xie, Y.L., Li, G.M., Xu, J.H., 2006, SEM/EDS constraints on nature of ore-forming fluids in Gangdese porphyry copper belt: case studies of Qulong and Tinggong deposits: Mineral Deposits, v. 25, p. 147-154 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          49. Hou, Z.Q., Mo, X.X., Yang, Z.M., Wang, A.J., Pan, G.T., Qu, X.M., Nie, F.J., 2006, Metallogenesis in the collisional orogen of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau: tectonic setting, tempo-spatial distribution and ore deposit types: Geology in China, v. 33, p. 340-351 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          50. Yang, Z.M., Xie, Y.L., Li, G.M., Xu, J.H., Wang, B.H., 2005, Study of fluid inclusions from Tinggong porphyry copper deposit in Gangdese belt, Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 584-594 (in Chinese with English abstract).

          51. Yang, Z.M., Xie, Y.L., Li, G.M., Xu, J.H., 2005, Characteristics and forming process of ore-forming fluids at Qulong copper deposit in Gangdese porphyry copper belt, Tibet: Geology and Prospecting, v. 21-26 (in Chinese with English abstract).

      Reviewed extended abstracts / abstracts for major meetings

          1. Yang, Z.M., 2013, A preliminary study on geology of the post-collisional porphyry Mo-Cu deposit at Narigongma, Tibet. in 12th SGA Biennial Meeting 2013, Proceedings, volume 3, p. 1483-1486.

          2. Hou, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Zheng, Y.C., Tang, J.X., Yang, Z.S., 2013, Collision- and subduction-related porphyry Cu deposits in Tibetan orogen: a possible genetic linkage. in 12th SGA Biennial Meeting 2013, Proceedings, volume 3, p. 1420-1423.

          3. Li, Z.Q., Yang, Z.M., Zhu, X.K., Hou, Z.Q., 2013. Cu isotope fractionation during fluid evolution process in Qulong porphyry copper deposit, Tibet. in 12th SGA Biennial Meeting 2013, Proceedings, volume 3, p. 1428-1430.

          4. Wang, R., Richards, J.P., Hou, Z.Q. & Yang, Z.M., 2013. Increased magmatic water content — the key to Oligo-Miocene porphyry Cu-Mo±Au formation in the Gangdese belt, Tibet. in 12th SGA Biennial Meeting 2013, Proceedings, volume 3, p. 1472-1474.

          5. Yang, Z.M., Hou, Z.Q., Song, Y.C., Li, Z.Q., Geology of the Qulong porphyry copper-molybdenum deposit, Tibet: The 33 International Geology Conference, Abstract: MRD-20 Porphyry-type deposits, A 338900.

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