Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Zeynep Oner BARAN
Tectonics: Understanding the past and future of the Earth
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Dr. Zeynep Oner BARAN

Ph.D. (2012), Miami University
Assistant Professor of Geology
Geology and Geological Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines
Rapid City, SD 57701
phone 605-394-5286

Research synopsis

Our Planet, the Blue Marble experiences significant amount of deformation associated with the dynamic plate motions. These deformation patterns form different structures within different tectonic settings and investigation of deformation & associated structures give us important clues about how our planet is shaped by tectonic forces and what controls kinematics and dynamics of the deformation through time.

I, my students and colleagues investigate different deformation styles and their end-members, structures within the related tectonic framework. Our attempt is to solve complicated puzzles of the Tectonics and better understand kinematics and dynamics of the geological processes shaping the past and future of the Earth. As an assistant professor of Geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, my research interests include (but not limited):

  • Post-collisional extensional deformation along the Alpine-Himalayan Orogenic belt (Western and Central Anatolia)

  • Tectonic and Structural Evolution of Highly-extending Terrains: Metamorphic core complex formation, detachment faulting, extensional deformation (Basin & Range/USA; Aegean Extensional Province/ Western Turkey, Greece

  • Interaction between tectonics and magmatism in post-collisional tectonic settings (Western & Central Anatolia, Black Hills/USA

  • Structural controls on mineralization of ore deposits

Since detailed Basin Analysis studies reveal critical information about structural, sedimentological, and geochronological history of the tectonic environment, my basin studies mainly involve structural geology, sedimentology, geochronology & thermochronology, and petrological investigations.

contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
phone: (605)394-5286 / fax: (605)394-6703 / email: