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A brief CV:

Yaoling Niu is currently Research Professor at Laoshan Laboratory, Qingdao, China. He received his BSc in Geology (Lanzhou University, China, 1982), MS in Economic Geology (The University of Alabama, USA, 1988), and PhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics (University of Hawaii, USA, 1992). He has been both an educator and a researcher in Earth Science. He taught crystallography, optical mineralogy, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, elemental and isotope geochemistry, ore deposits, thermodynamics for geologists, global tectonics and field geology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in China (1982-1985), Australia (1993-2001), USA (1986-1987, 2003-2004) and UK (2005-2022). His research includes: (1) petrology and geochemistry of mantle peridotites, basalts and basaltic rocks, granites and granitoid rocks, high- and ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks and ore deposits; (2) ocean ridge magmatism, intraplate magmatism, subduction-zone processes, magmatism associated with continental collision and continental crust accretion; (3) causes and effects of seafloor subduction and global tectonics, chemical geodynamics and mantle circulation; (4) elemental and isotope geochemistry, geochronology and geological applications.

Welcome to Yaoling Niu’s pubs page! You may be interested in reading this fun story (November 25, 2017, Durham, UK):

Recently, I had some exchanges with a friend, who is an influential and preeminent scientist in my field, whom I respect and admire although we differ in views on certain scientific issues. This friend said something like “Some of your work is getting a great deal of attention, though I am sure that it must also be controversial.” I take this as a compliment although this statement is incorrect! The correct statement is this: I choose to work on “controversial” problems or choose to work on important problems about which the prevailing views or standard models are “controversial” (i.e., they are in error, contradict observations, and thus need correction). The reason why I choose to write what I write is because I choose not to write papers that agree with standard models or with previous work by others – doing that I would be copying or repeating without making new contributions. As a geoscientist, I am committed to make original contributions with insights (e.g., make new discoveries, offer logical solutions to unsolved problems, identify flaws in popular models and make efforts to do correctly etc.). My contributions are ensured to be consistent with geological, geophysical, petrological and geochemical observations as well as chemical and physical concepts and principles. Reading the histories of scientific developments, I know it will take time before much of the community begins to happily accept that the results of my original contributions are in fact all correct! Of course, this time will come sooner if the reader chooses to think objectively with an open mind rather than accepting standard or prevailing models as facts without thinking. I also have the view that scientific research is a self-correcting process and we must be willing to change or revise when new data available require change and revision. It is such attitude and scientific approach that have truly advanced our science and technology as lucidly written in the book “A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson.

Something to share (April 26, 2023, Qingdao, China):

I have received compliments concerning the paper by Mazuir & Niu (#275). I have also received very nasty words to the paper from a prominent scientist in this field. It took me a few days to finally decide to thank those for their encouragements while also responding to the nasty words. I hope this reply will have positive note for young scientists (such as the first author) and they should not be discouraged when treated by some “authorities” negatively in their career:

The first author is my last supervised student at Durham. This is a simple paper with petrological illustrations to follow, but the global significance is expressed in the title of the paper. 

I always hold the view that scientific debate is healthy and important, but one of the most prominent scientists in our field read it and disliked it with abusing statements to which I had to reply in this unusual way [[[ I have never been trained to accuse anyone, but feel grateful for what I have received and for all the opportunities I have been given for education, research training, pressure-free thinking, stress-free writing and freedom of speech. ]]] This recent experience makes me not to quit but continue for our science … …

Another fun story (January 15, 2020, Durham, UK):

Recently, someone asked me about my research interests, I answered as follows: My research includes (1) petrology and geochemistry of mantle peridotites, basalts and basaltic rocks, granites and granitoid rocks, high- and ultra-high-pressure metamorphic rocks and ore deposits; (2) ocean ridge magmatism, intraplate magmatism, subduction-zone processes, magmatism associated with continental collision and continental crust accretion; (3) causes and effects of seafloor subduction and global tectonics, chemical geodynamics and mantle circulation; (4) elemental and isotope geochemistry, geochronology and geological applications. All these seem so diverse and may spread myself too thin, but can be summarized as this: I am interested in major earth problems of global significance and I only choose to publish on those I have discovered solutions that are correct understandings, testable hypotheses or have testable predictions. I do not follow any crowd but come up with conclusions entirely based on objective analysis of  the data/observations and logical reasoning. (e.g., see papers 020022039048049053059077090117125133147162177178183193198206207229231235237242243248249, 252, 257, 260, 261, 262, 264, 265, 266, 267, 271, 272, 273, 275)

Research citations:

Yaoling Niu has published 283 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, monographs and books with over forty (60) publications since 2019.

Web of Science (ResearcherID: A-5448-2008): = 25,347, H-index = 82 (WoS core collection)

Google Scholar  35,383, H-index = 95

Research Gate Interest = 18,395; Citations = 30,181; H-index = 89; Reads = 203,050; Recommendations = 1058

AD Scientific Index:


Research highlights

Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 (

Objectiveness and open-mindedness are requisite ‘twins’ for insights and discoveries.” (Yaoling Niu, October 15, 2008, Durham, UK)

Following bandwagons is easy, but insights matter. (Yaoling Niu, October 15, 2017, Durham, UK)

Large scale Earth processes are likely very simple, but the key skill to discover the simplicity is to correctly identify the primary variables that control the processes. (Yaoling Niu, February 5, 2019, Durham, UK)

The true value of a scientific paper lies in its presentation of new findings and understandings in easily accessible way, but many papers seem to confuse the readers that scientific research is mysterious, complex, incomprehensible, and is forever debatable. (Yaoling Niu, February 22, 2020, Durham, UK)

In Earth Science research, it is hardly possible to prove any model right, but to prove it wrong is really easy because one percent failure fails it altogether“. (Yaoling Niu, March 1, 2020, Durham, UK)

In Peer-reviewed journals/Proceedings/Monographs: (001-283)


283Niu, Y.L., 2023. The 60-year-old quest of ocean drilling into the mantle remains unfulfilled and we must persevere. Science Bulletin 68, 2893-2895. (DOI:  10.1016/j.scib.2023.10.031)

282:  Fan, J.J., Zhang, B.C., Niu, Y.L., Luo, A.B., Hao, Y.J., 2023. Resolving the nature and evolution of the Bangong–Nujiang Tethyan Ocean: New perspectives from the intraplate oceanic-island fragments preserved in Northern Tibet.  Geological Society of America Bulletin 135, ppp-ppp (

281Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Chen, S., Guo, P.Y., Duan, M., Chen, Y.H., Gong, H.M., Xiao, Y.Y., Wang, X.H., 2023. Copper isotope fractionation during magma differentiation: Evidence from lavas on the East Pacific Rise at 10°30′N. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta  356, 93-104.

280:  Fan, J.J., Zhang, B.C., Niu, Y.L., Luo, A.B., Hao, Y.J., 2023. Tracing the sedimentary response to the rifting and opening of the Meso‐Tethys Ocean. Sedimentology vv, ppp-ppp (DOI: 10.1111/sed.13126)

279Guo, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Chen, S., Chen, Y.H., Duan, M., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., 2023. Low-degree melt metasomatic origin of global upper mantle Fe isotope fractionation. Geophysical Research Letters 50, e2022GL102264.

278Niu, Y.L., 2023. Progress and applications of the plate tectonics theory. Science Bulletin 68, 1340-1341.

277:  Xiao, Y.Y., Yao, Y.X., Huang, Z.H., Li, Y.B., Niu, Y.L., Ishii, T., Sun, Z.W., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., 2023. Heterogeneous mantle source compositions for boninite from Bonin and Troodos, evidence from iron isotope variations. Lithos 452/453, 107214.

276:  Sun, W., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Wei, C.J., Dong, G.C., Li, X.W., Yuan, W.M., Wang, T., Wang, B.Z., Pan, T., Cao, Han, J., Cao, H.L., Tang, Y., Zhu, D.C., 2023. Petrogenesis of granitic pegmatite veins: perspectives from major element and B isotope in tourmalines, Chakabeishan, Northern Tibetan Plateau. Geoscience Frontiers 14, 101611.

275:   Mazuir, R.A.B, Niu, Y.L., 2023. Global volcanic arc magma composition correlates with thickness of both arc crust (Moho depth) and arc lithosphere (LAB depth): A revealing message on arc basement histories and arc magmatism. Geoscience Frontiers 14, 101609.

274:   Miao, Z., Li, X.Q., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Xu, B., Lei, H.S., Wu, J.K., Yang, Y.Y., Ma, Q., Liu, D., Wang, Q., Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., 2023. Deciphering mantle heterogeneity associated with ancient subduction-related metasomatism: Insights from Mg-K isotopes in potassic alkaline rocks. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 348, 258-277.

273:   Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Duan, M., Chen, S., Guo, P., Gong, H.M., Xiao, Y.Y., Wang, X.H., 2023. Zinc isotope fractionation during mid-ocean ridge basalt differentiation: Evidence from lavas on the East Pacific Rise at 10°30′N. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 346, 180-191.

272:    Niu, Y.L., 2023. Geological confirmation for water-effected incipient melt origin of seismic low velocity zone (LVZ) beneath ocean basins. Science Bulletin 68, 459-363. (Geological confirmation for water-effected in | EurekAlert!

271:    Guo, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., Chen, S., Duan, M., Sun, P., Chen, Y.H., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., 2023. Low-degree melt metasomatic origin of heavy Fe isotope enrichment in the MORB mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 601, 117892.


270: Song, S.G., Ye, S.T., Allen, M.B., Niu, Y.L., Sun, W.D., Zhang, L.F., 2022. Oxidation of arcs and mantle wedges by reduction of manganese in pelagic sediments during seafloor subduction. American Mineralogist 107, 1850-1857 (

269: Hin, R.C., Hibbert, K.E., Chen, S., Willbold, M., Andersen, M.B., Kiseeva, E., Wood, B.J., Niu, Y.L., Sim, K.W.W., Elliott, T., 2022. The influence of crustal recycling on the molybdenum isotope composition of the Earth’s mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 595, 117760. (

268: Xiao, Y.Y., Huang, Z.H., Sui, P.S., Niu, Y.L., Sun, W.D., Wang, G.D., Kong, J.J., Shao, F.L., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., Duan, M., 2022. Chemical variation of loess from the Chinese Loess Plateau and its implications. International Geology Review vvv, ppp-ppp.

267: Chen, S., Niu, Y.L., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Xue, Q.Q., 2022. Re-assessment of the effect of fractional crystallization on Mo isotopes: constraints from I-type granitoids and their enclosed mafic magmatic enclaves. Chemical Geology 597, 120814 (

266: Niu, Y.L., 2022. Paradigm shift for controls on basalt magmatism: Discussion with Lustrino et al on the paper I recently published in Earth-Science Reviews. Earth-Science Review 226, 103943. (

265: Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Duan, M., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., 2022. Sublithosphere mantle crystallization and immiscible sulphide melt segregation in continental basal magmatism: evidence from clinopyroxene megacrysts in the Cenozoic basalts of eastern China.  Journal of Petrology 63, 1-27. (

264: Niu, Y.L., 2022. A paradigm change: Basalts have no memory of mantle potential temperature, but record the lithosphere thickness at the time of eruption (范式革命: 玄武岩记录有喷发时岩石圈厚度的信息,没有地幔潜在温度的记忆).  Chinese Science Bulletin 67, 301-306. ( [This is a condensed summary of Niu (2021, Earth-Science Reviews; Paper # 249) in Chinese]

263: Tong, X., Yan, J.J., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Qi, N.Y., Shi, Q.S., Liu, D., Wang, Q., Zhang, L.L., Dong, G.C., Zhu, D.-C., 2021. Middle-Late Jurassic magmatism in the west central Lhasa subterrane, Tibet: Petrology, zircon chronology, elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf-Mg isotopic geochemistry. Lithos 408/409, 106549 (

262: Duan, M., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Chen, S., Kong, J.J., Li, J.Y., Zhang, Y., Hu, Y., Shao, F.L., 2022. A simple and robust method for calculating temperatures of granitoid magmas. Mineralogy and Petrology 116, 93-103. (

261: Chen, S., Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Elliott, T., Hin, R.C., 2022. Molybdenum isotope systematics of lavas from the East Pacific Rise: Constraints on the source of enriched mid-ocean ridge basalts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 578, 117283. (


260: Chen, S., Niu, Y.L., Wang, X.H., Xue, Q.Q., Sun, W.L., 2021. Identifying crystal accumulation in granitoids through amphibole composition and in situ zircon O isotopes in North Qilian Orogen. Journal of Petrology 62, 1-18. (

259: Dong, X., Zhang, Z.M., Tian, Z., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, L.L., 2021. Protoliths and metamorphism of the central Himalayan eclogites: Zircon/titanite U-Pb geochronology, Hf isotope and geochemistry. Gondwana Research 104, 39-53. (

258: Shan, L., Niu, Y.L., Ma, S.L., 2021. Petrogenesis of the Neoarchean diorite and hornblendite in the Taishan area, western Shandong: Constraints on crustal evolution. Geological Bulletin of China 40, 1149-1177.

257: Chen, Y.H., Niu, Y.L., Xue, Q.Q., Gao, Y.J., Castillo, P.R, 2021. An iron isotope perspective on back-arc basin development: Messages from Mariana Trough basalts. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 572, 117133. (pdf)

256: Lei, H.S., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, S.Q., Cousens, B., Ma, Q., Teng, F.Z., Liu, D., Miao, Z., Yang, Y.Y., Wu, J.K., Wang, Q., Zhu, D.C., 2021. Identifying deep recycled carbonates through Miocene basalts in the Maguan area, SE Tibetan Plateau. Lithos 400/401, 106356. (pdf)

255: Miao, Z., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Lei, H.S., Tong, X., Wu, J.K., Yang, Y.Y., Liu, D., Wang, Q., Zhu, D.C., Dong, G.C., Zhou, Su, 2021. Petrogenetic evolution of the Zuopan potassic alkaline complex, western Yunnan, SW China: Implication for heterogeneous metasomatism of lithospheric mantle beneath Simao and western Yangtze block. Lithos 400/401,106354. (pdf)

254: Shao, F.L., Niu, Y.L., Kong, J.J., Liu, Y., Wang, G.D., Zhang, Y., 2021. Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of the Triassic rhyolites in the East Kunlun orogenic belt. Geocscience Frontiers 12, 101234. (pdf)

253: Guo, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Zhang, J.J., Chen, S., Duan, M., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., 2021. The nature and origin of upper mantle heterogeneity beneath the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 33-35°N: A Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic perspective. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 307, 72-85. (pdf)

252: Sun, P., Guo, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., 2021. Eastern China continental lithosphere thinning is a consequence of paleo-Pacific subduction: A review and new perspectives. Earth-Science Review 218, 103680. (

251: Wang, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Wang, X.H., Guo, P.Y., Gong, H.M., Duan, M., Shen, F.Y., Shi, Y.N., Chen, Y.H., Shan, L., 2021. Iron isotope compositions of coexisting sulfide and silicate minerals in Sudbury-type ores from the Jinchuan Ni-Cu- sulfide deposit: A perspective on possible core-mantle iron isotope fractionation. Minerals 11, 464. (pdf)

250: Xue, S., Niu, Y.L., Chen, Y.H., Shi, Y.N., Xia, B.Y., Wang, ,P.Y., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Duan, M., 2021. Iron isotope fractionation during skarn Cu-Fe mineralization. Minerals 11, 444. (pdf)

249: Niu, Y.L., 2021. Lithosphere thickness controls the extent of mantle melting, depth of melt extraction and basalt compositions in all tectonic settings on Earth – A review and new perspectives. Earth-Science Review 217, 1257–1282 (103614). (pdf)

248: Chen, Y.H., Niu, Y.L., Duan, M., Gong, H.M., Guo, P.Y., 2021. Fractional crystallization causes iron isotope contrast between mid-ocean ridge basalts and abyssal peridotites. Communications Earth & Environment 2, Article number 65, (pdfpdf2).

247: Fan, J.J., Niu, Y.L., Luo, A.B., Xie, C.M., Hao, Y.J., Liu, H.Y., 2021. Timing of the Meso-Tethys Ocean opening: Evidence from Permian sedimentary province changes in the South Qiangtang Terrane, Tibetan Plateau. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 567, 110265. (pdf)

246: Fan, J.J., Li, C., Niu, Y.L., Xie, C.M., Wang, M., 2021. Identification method and geological significance of intraplate ocean island-seamount fragments in orogenic belts. Earth Science vvv, ppp-ppp. (in Chinese with English Abstract; pdf)

245: Fan, J.J., Niu, Y.L., Liu, Y.M., Hao, Y.J., 2021. Timing of closure of the Meso-Tethys Ocean: Constraints from remnants of a 141-135 ocean island within the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone, Tibetan Plateau. Geological Society of America Bulletin 133, 1875-1889. (pdf)

244: Zhang, J.J., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Xiao, Y.Y., Vasconcelos, P.M., 2021. Petrogenesis of the early Cretaceous intra-plate basalts from the western North China Craton: Implications for the origin of the metasomatized cratonic lithospheric mantle. Lithos 380/381, 105887. (pdf)


243: Shen, F.Y., Niu, Y.L., Chen, Y.H., Gao, Y.J., Wang, X.H., Duan, M., Shan, L., 2020. Origin of magmatic harzburgite as a result of boninite magma evolution – An illustration using layered harzburgite-dunite cumulate from the Troodos ophiolite complex. Lithos 376/377, 105764. (pdf)

242: Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Duan, M., Chen, S., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Xiao, Y.Y., 2020. Large iron isotope variation in the eastern Pacific mantle as a consequence of ancient low-degree melt metasomatism.  Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 286, 269-288. (pdf)

241: Dong, X., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, Z.M., Tian, Z.L., He, Z.Y., 2020. Mesozoic crustal evolution of southern Tibet: Constraints from the Early Jurassic igneous rocks in the central Lhasa terrane. Lithos 366/367, 105557. (pdf)

240: Kong, J.J., Niu, Y.L., Hu, Y., Zhang, Y., Shao, F.L., 2020. Petrogenesis of the Triassic granitoids from the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, NW China: Implications for continental crust growth from syncollisional to post-collisional setting. Lithos 364/365, 105513. (pdf)

239: Chen, Y.H., Niu, Y.L., Shen, F.Y., Gao, Y.J., Wang, X.H., 2020. New U-Pb zircon age and petrogenesis of the plagiogranite, Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus. Lithos 362/363, 105472. (pdf)

238: Xiao, Y.Y., Chen, S., Niu, Y.L., Wang, X.H., Xue, Q.Q., Wang, G.D., Gao, Y.J., Gong, H.M., Kong, J.J., Shao, F.L., Sun, P., Duan, M., Hong, D., Wang, D., 2020. Mineral compositions of syn-collisional granitoids and their implications for the formation of juvenile continental crust and adakitic magmatism. Journal of Petrology 61, 1-19. (pdf)

237: Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Duan, M., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., Xiao, Y.Y., 2020. The lithospheric thickness control on the compositional variation of continental intraplate basalts: A demonstration using the Cenozoic basalts and clinopyroxene megacrysts from eastern China. Journal of Geophysical Research 125, e2019JB019315. (pdf)

236: Wei, Y.Q., Niu, Y.L., Gong, H.M., Duan, M., Chen, S., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., 2020. Geochemistry and iron isotope systematics of coexisting Fe-bearing minerals in magmatic Fe-Ti deposits: A case study of the Damiao titanomagnetite ore deposits, North China Craton. Gondwana Research 81, 240-251-ppp. (pdf)

235: Niu, Y.L., 2020. On the cause of continental breakup: A simple analysis in terms of driving mechanisms of plate tectonics and mantle plumes. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 194, 104367. (pdf)

234: Gong, H.M., Guo, P.Y., Chen, S., Duan, M., Sun, P., Wang, X.H., Niu, Y.L., 2020. A re-assessment of nickel-doping method in iron isotope analysis on rock samples using multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. Acta Geochimica 39, 355-364. (pdf,pdf2)

233: Dong, X., Zhang, Z.M., Niu, Y.L., Tian, Z.L., Zhang, L.L., 2020. Reworked Precambrian metamorphic basement of the Lhasa terrane, southern Tibet: Zircons/Titanite U-Pb geochronology, Hf isotope geochemistry. Precambrian Research 336, 105496. (pdf)

232: Wei, Y.Q., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Zhu, D.C., DePaolo, D.J., Jing, T.J., Liu, D., Guan, Q., Sheikh, L., 2020. Geochemistry, detrital zircon geochronology and Hf isotope of the clastic rocks in southern Tibet: Implications for the Jurassic-Cretaceous tectonic evolution of the Lhasa terrane. Gondwana Research 78, 41-57. (pdf)

231: Guo, P.Y., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., 2019. Lithosphere thickness controls the continental basalt compositions: An illustration using the Cenozoic basalts from eastern China. Geology 48, 128-133. (pdf)

230: Xue, Q.Q., Niu, Y.L., Chen, S., Sun, P., Duan, M., Gao, Y.J., Hong, D., Xiao, Y.Y., Wang, X.H., Guo, P.Y., 2018. Tectonic significance of Cretaceous granitoids along the southeast coast of continental China. Geological Journal 55, 173-196. (pdf)

229: NiuY.L., 2020. What drives the continued India-Asia convergence since the collision at 55 Ma? Science Bulletin 65, 169-172. (pdf)


228: Wang, D., Xiao, Y.Y., Niu, Y.L., 2019. Petrological and geochemical records of fluid activity during seafloor subduction: Constraints from the (ultra) high-pressure metamorphic belts of southwestern Tianshan, China. Marine Science 43 (12), 1-16 (pdf; in Chinese with English abstract)

227: Chen, S., Hin, R.C., John, T., Brooker, R., Bryan, B., Niu, Y.L., Elliott, T., 2019. Molybdenum systematics of subducted crust record extensive, reactive flow from underlying slab-serpentine dehydration. Nature Communications 10, 4773: (pdf)

226: Chen, S., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Gong, H.M., Sun, P., Xue, Q.Q., Duan, M., Wang, X.H., 2019. Iron isotope fractionation during mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) evolution: Evidence from lavas on the East Pacific Rise at 10°30’N and its implications. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 267, 227-239. (pdf)

225: Wang, C., Song, S.G., Wei, C.J., Su, L., Allen, M.B., Niu, Y.L., Li, X.H., Dong, J.L., 2019. Paleoarchean deep mantle heterogeneity recorded by enriched plume remnants. Nature Geoscience 12, 672-678. (pdf)

224: Huang, H., Niu, Y.L., Teng, F.Z., Wang, S.J., 2019. Discrepancy between bulk-rock and zircon Hf isotopes accompanying Nd-Hf isotope decoupling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 259, 17-36. (pdf)

223: Chen, Y.H., Niu, Y.L., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., Guo, P.Y., Gao, Y.J., Shen, F.Y., 2019. Petrogenesis of ODP Hole 735B (Leg 176) oceanic plagiogranite: Partial melting of gabbros or advanced extent of fractional crystallization? Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20, 2717-2732. (pdf)

222: Tong, X., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, S.Q., Cousens, B., Liu, D., Zhang, Y., Han, M.Z., Zhao, Y.X., Lei, H.H., Shi, Q.S., Zhu, S.C., Sheikh, L., Lutfi, W., 2019. Petrogenesis and tectonic implications of the Eocene-Oligocene potassic felsic suites in western Yunnan, eastern Tibetan Plateau: Evidence from petrology, zircon chronology, elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic geochemistry. Lithos 340/341, 287-315. (pdf)

221: Xiong, C., Chen, H.D., NiuY.L, Chen, A.Q., Zhang, C.G., Li, F., Xu, S.L., Yang, S., 2019. Provenance, depositional setting, and crustal evolution of the Cathaysia Block, South China: Insights from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of clastic rocks. Geological Journal 54, 897-912. (pdf)

220: Xiong, C., Niu, Y.L., Chen, H.D., Chen, A.Q., Zhang, C.G., Li, F., Yang, S., Xu, S.L., 2019. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and geochemistry of late Neoproterozoic – early Cambrian sedimentary rocks in the Cathaysia Block: constraint on its paleo-position in Gondwana supercontinent. Geological Magazine 156, 1587-1604. (pdf)

219: Kong, J.J., Niu, Y.L., Sun, P., Xiao, Y.Y., Guo, P.Y., Hong, D., Zhang, Y., Shao, F.L., Wang, X.H., Duan, M., 2019. The origin and geodynamic significance of the Mesozoic dykes in eastern continental China. Lithos 332/333, 328-339. (pdf)

218: Gao, Y.J.., Niu, Y.L., Duan, M., Xue, Q.Q., Sun, Pu, Chen, S., Xiao, Y.Y., Guo, P.Y., Wang, X.H., Chen, Y.H., 2019. The petrogenesis and tectonic significance of the early Cretaceous intraplate granites in eastern China: The Laoshan granite as an example. Lithos 328/329, 200-211. (pdf)

217: Yang, L.M., Song, S.G., Su, L., Allen, M.B., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, G.B., Zhang, Y.Q., 2019. Heterogeneous oceanic arc volcanic rocks in the South Qilian Accretionary Belt (Qilian Orogen, NW China). Journal of Petrology 60, 85-116. (pdf)

216: Song, S.G., Niu, Y.L., Zhang, G.B., Zhang, L.F., 2019. Two epochs of eclogite metamorphism link ‘cold’ oceanic and ‘hot’ continental subduction, the North Qaidam UHP, NW China. Geological Society of London, Special Publications 474, 275-289. (pdf)

215: Sun, P., Niu, Y.L., Guo, P.Y., Chen, S., Duan, M., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Xiao, Y.Y., 2019. Multiple mantle metasomatism beneath the Leizhou Peninsula, South China: Evidence from elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotope geochemistry of the late Cenozoic volcanic rocks. International Geology Review 61, 1768-1785. (pdf)

214: Kong, J.J., Niu, Y.L., Duan, M., Xiao, Y.Y., Zhang, Y., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., Gong, H.M., 2019. The syncollisional granitoid magmatism and crust growth during the West Qinling Orogeny, China: Insights from the Jiaochangba pluton. Geological Journal 54, 4014-4033. (pdf)


213: Zhu, D.C., Wang, Q., Zhao, Z.D., Niu, Y.L., Hou, Z.Q., Pan, G.T., Mo, X.X., 2018. Magmatic origin of continental arcs and continental crust formation. Earth Science Frontiers 25, 67-77. (in Chinese with English abstract)

212: Niu, Y.L., Shen, F.Y., Chen, Y.H., Gong, H.M., 2018. The geologically testable hypothesis on subduction initiation and actions. Earth Science Frontiers 25, 51-66. (in Chinese with English abstract2018IGG-CAS-Talk)

211: Hong, D., Niu, Y.L., Xiao, Y.Y., Sun, P., Kong, J.J., Guo, P.Y., Shao, F.L., Wang, X.H., Duan, M., Xue, Q.Q., Gong, H.M., Chen, S., 2018. Origin of the Jurassic-Cretaceous intraplate granitoids in Eastern China as a consequence of paleo-Pacific plate subduction. Lithos 322, 405-419. (pdf)

210: Liu, D, Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Zhu, D.C., Li, X.H., 2018. Perovskite U-Pb and Sr-Nd isotopic perspectives on melilitite magmatism and outgrowth of the Tibetan Plateau. Geology 46, 1027-1030. (pdf)

209: Song, S.G., Bi, H.Z., Qi, S.S., Yang, L.M., Alen, M.B., Niu, Y.L., Su, L., Li, W.F., 2018. HP-UHP metamorphic belt in the East Kunlun Orogen: final closure of the Proto-Tethys Ocean and formation of the Pan-North China continent. Journal of Petrology 59, 2043-2060. (pdf)

208: Han, R., Niu, Y.L., Li, Y.F., Li, Z.W., Xu, Y.,  Xi, Y.F., Gao, R.H.,  Wang, A.D., Cao, J., Zhao, L., He, J.C., Mao, X., 2018. Geo-neutrino: Messengers from the Earth’s interiors. Chinese Science Bulletin 63, 2853-2862 (in Chinese with English Abstract)

207: NiuY.L, Green, D.H., 2018. The petrological control on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath ocean basins. Earth-Science Reviews 185, 301-307. (pdf)

206: NiuY.L, 2018. Origin of the LLSVPs at the base of the mantle as a consequence of plate tectonics – A petrological and geochemical perspective. Geoscience Frontiers 9, 1265-1278. (pdf)

205: Sun, P., NiuY.L., Guo, P.Y., Cui, H.X., Ye, L., Liu, J.J., 2018. The evolution and ascent paths of mantle xenolith-bearing magma: Observations and insights from Cenozoic basalts in Southeast China. Lithos 310/311, 171-181. (pdf)

204: Guo, P.Y., NiuY.L., Sun, P., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., Duan, M., Kong, J.J., Tian, L.Y., Wu, S.G., 2018. The early Cretaceous bimodal volcanic suite from the Yinshan Block, western North China Craton: Origin, process and geological significance. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 160, 348-364. (pdf)

203: Xia, Y., Xu, X.S., NiuY.L., Liu, L., 2018. Neoproterozoic amalgamation between Yangtze and Cathaysia blocks: The magmatism in various tectonic settings and continent-arc-continent collision. Precambrian Research 309, 56-87. (pdf)

202: Chen, S., Niu, Y.L., Xue, Q.Q., 2018. Syn-collisional felsic magmatism and continental crust growth: A case study from the North Qilian Orogenic Belt at the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Lithos 308/309, 53-64. (pdf)

201: Meng, F.X., Gao, S., Song, Z.J., NiuY.L., Li, X.P., 2018. Mesozoic high-Mg andesites from the Daohugou area, Inner Mongolia: Upper-crustal fractional crystallization of parental melt derived from metasomatized lithospheric mantel wedge. Lithos 302/303, 535-548. (pdf)

200: Yang, J.B., Zhao, Z.D., Hou, Q.Y., NiuY.L., Mo, X.X., Sheng, D., Wang, L.L., 2018. Petrogenesis of Cretaceous (133-84 Ma) intermediate dykes and host granites in southeastern China: Implications for lithosphere extension, continental growth, and geodynamics of Paleo-Pacific subduction. Lithos 296/299, 195-211. (pdf)


199: Wang, C., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Allen, M.B., Su, L., Wei, C.J., Zhang, G.B., Fu, B., 2017. Long-lived melting of ancient lower crust of the North China Craton in response to paleo-Pacific subduction, recorded by adakitic rhyolite. Lithos 292/293, 437-451. (pdf)

198: NiuY.L., Shi, X.F., Li, T.G., Wu, S.G., Sun, W.D., Zhu, R.X., 2017. Testing the mantle plume hypothesis: An IODP effort to drill into the Kamchatka-Okhotsk Sea basement. Science Bulletin 62, 1464-1472. (pdf)

197: Wang, S.J., Teng, F.Z., Li, S.G., Zhang, L.F., Du, J.X., NiuY.L., 2017. Tracing subduction zone fluid-rock interactions using trace element and Mg-Sr-Nd isotopes. Lithos 290/291, 94-103. (pdf)

196: Song, S.G., Yang, L.M., Zhang, Y.Q., NiuY.L., Wang, C., Su, L., Gao, Y.L., 2017. Qi-Qin accretionary belt in Central China Orogen: Accretion by trench jam of oceanic plateau and formation of intra-plate arc in the Early Paleozoic Qin-Qi-Kun Ocean. Science Bulletin 62, 1035-1038. (pdf)

195: Xiao, Y.Y., NiuY.L., Wang, K.L., Iizuka, Y., Lin, J.Y., Wang, D., Tan, Y.L., Wang, G.D., 2017. Different stages of chemical alteration on metabasaltic rocks in the subduction channel: Evidence from the Western Tianshan metamorphic belt, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 145, 111-122. (pdf)

194: Kong, J.J., NiuY.L., Duan, M., Zhang, Y., Hu, Y., Li, J.Y., Chen, S., 2017. Petrogenesis of Luchuba and Wuchaba granitoids in western Qinling: Geochronology and geochemical evidence. Mineralogy and Petrology 111, 887-908. (pdf)

193: NiuY.L., 2017. Slab breakoff: A causal mechanism or pure convenience? Science Bulletin 62, 456-461. (pdf)

192: NiuY.L., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Xiao, Y.Y., Guo, P.Y., Shao, F.L., Sun, P., Chen, S., Duan, M., Kong, J.J., Wang, G.D., Xue, Q.Q., Gao, Y.J., Hong, D., 2017. Some key problems on the petrogenesis of seafloor basalts, abyssal peridotites and geodynamics: A non-traditional isotope approach. Advances in Earth Science 32, 111-127. (in Chinese with English abstract)

191: Shao, F.L., NiuY.L., Liu, Y., Chen, S., Kong, J.J., Duan, M., 2017. Petrogenesis of Triassic granitoids in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, northern Tibetan Plateau and their tectonic implications. Lithos 282/283, 33-44. (pdf)

190: Wei, Y.Q., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Zhu, D.C., Liu, D., Wang, Q., Hou, Z.Q., Mo, X.X., Wei, J.C., 2017. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Early Jurassic Yeba Formation volcanic rocks in southern Tibet: Initiation of back-arc rifting and crustal accretion in the southern Lhasa Terrane.  Lithos 278/281, 477-490. (pdf)

189: Zhang, Y.Q., Song, S.G., Yang, L.M., Su Li, NiuY.L., Allen, M.B., Xu, X., 2017. Basalts and picrites from a plume-type ophiolite in the South Qilian accretionary belt, Qilian Orogen: Accretion of a Cambrian oceanic plateau? Lithos 278/281, 97-110. (pdf)

188: Xiao, Y.Y., NiuY.L., Zhang, H.F., Wang, K.L., Iizuka, Y., Lin, J.Y., Xu, Y.J., 2017. Effects of decarbonation on elemental behavior during subduction-zone metamorphism: Evidence from a titanite-rich contact between eclogite-facies marble and omphacite. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 135, 338-346. (pdf)

187: Chen, S., Wang, X.H., NiuY.L., Sun, P., Duan, M., Xiao, Y.Y., Guo, P.Y., Gong, H.M., Wang, G.D., Xue, Q.Q., 2017. Simple and cost-effective methods for precise analysis of trace element abundances in geological materials with ICP-MS. Science Bulletin 62, 277-289. (pdf)

186: Huang, H., NiuY.L., Mo, X.X., 2017. Garnet effect on Nd-Hf isotope decoupling: Evidence from the Jinfosi batholith, Northern Tibetan Plateau. Lithos 274/275, 31-38. (pdf)

185: Sun, P., NiuY.L., Guo, P.Y., Ye, L., Liu, J.J., Feng, Y.X., 2017. Elemental and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry of the Cenozoic basalts in Southeast China: Insights into their mantle sources and melting processes. Lithos 272/273, 16-30. (pdf)

184: Li, J.Y., NiuY.L., Chen, S., Sun, W.L., Zhang, Y., Liu, Y., Ma, Y.X., Hu, Z.X., Zhang, G.R., 2017. Petrogenesis of granitoids in eastern section of the Central Qilian Block: Evidence from geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology. Mineralogy and Petrology 111, 23-41. (pdf)


183: Niu, Y.L., 2016. The meaning of global ocean ridge basalt major element compositions. Journal of Petrology 57, 2081-2104. (pdf2018IGG-CAS-Talk)

182: Wang, C., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Wei, C.J., Su, L., 2016. TTG and Potassic Granitoids in the Eastern North China Craton: Making Neoarchean Upper Continental Crust during Micro-continental Collision and Post-collisional Extension. Journal of Petrology 57, 1775-1810. (pdf)

181: Tang, J., Xu, W.L., NiuY.L., Wang, F., Ge, W.C., Sorokin, A.A., Chekryzhov, I.Y., 2016. Geochronology and geochemistry of Late Cretaceous–Paleocene granitoids in the Sikhote-Alin Orogenic Belt: Petrogenesis and implications for the oblique. Lithos 266/267, 202-212. (pdf)

180: Xu, X., Song, S.G., Allen, M.B., Ernst, R.E., NiuY.L., Su, L., 2016. An 850-820 Ma LIP dismembered during breakup of the Rodinia supercontinent and destroyed by Early Paleozoic continental subduction in the northern Tibetan Plateau, NW China. Precambrian Research 282, 52-73. (pdf)

179: Zhang, Y., Meng, F.X., NiuY.L., 2016. Hf isotope systematics of seamounts near the East Pacific Rise (EPR) and geodynamic implications. Lithos 262, 107-119. (pdf)

178: Niu, Y.L., 2016. Testing the geologically testable hypothesis on subduction initiation. Science Bulletin 61, 1231-1235. (pdf)

177: Niu, Y.L., Tang, J., 2016. Origin of the Yellow Sea: An insight. Science Bulletin 61, 1076-1080. (pdf) (WeChat Chinese Synopsis 1,WeChat Chinese Synopsis 2)

176: Li, J.Y.., NiuY.L., Hu, Y., Chen, S., Zhang, Y., Duan, M., Sun, P., 2016. Origin of the late Early Cretaceous granodiorite and associated dioritic dikes in the Hongqilafu pluton, northwestern Tibetan Plateau: A case for crust-mantle interaction. Lithos 260, 300-314. (pdf)

175: Duan, M., NiuY.L., Kong, J.J., Sun, P., Hu, Y., Zhang, Y., Chen, S., Li, J.Y., 2016. Zircon U-Pb geochronology, Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic composition and geological significance of the Late-Triassic Baijiazhuang and Lvjing granitic plutons in western Qinling Orogen. Lithos 260, 443-456. (pdf)

174: Cao, Y., Song, S.G., Su, L., Jung, H., NiuY.L., 2016. Highly refractory peridotites in Songshugou, Qinling orogen: Insights into partial melting and melt/fluid-rock reactions in forearc mantle. Lithos 252/253, 234-254. (pdf)

173: Chen, S., NiuY.L., Li, J.Y., Sun, W.L., Zhang, Y., Hu, Y., Shao, F.L., 2016. Syncollisional adakitic granodiorites formed by fractional crystallization: insights from their enclosed mafic magmatic enclaves (MMEs) in the Qumushan pluton, North Qilian Orogen at the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Lithos 248/251, 455-468. (pdf)

172: Xiao, Y.Y., NiuY.L., Wang, K.L., Lee, D.C., Iizuka, Y., 2016. Geochemical behaviors of chemical elements during subduction-zone metamorphism and geodynamic significance. International Geology Review 58, 1253-1277. (pdf)

171: Huang, H., NiuY.L., Mo, X.X., 2016. Syn-collisional granitoids in the Qilian Block on the Northern Tibetan Plateau: A long-lasting magmatism since continental collision through slab steepening. Lithos 246/247, 99-109. (pdf)

170: Shimizu, K., Saal, A.E., Myers, C.E., Nagel, A.N., Hauri, E.H., Forsyth, D.W., Kamenetsky, V.S., NiuY.L., 2016. Two-component mantle melting-mixing model for the generation of mid-ocean ridge basalts: implications for the volatile content of the Pacific upper mantle. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 176, 44-80. (pdf)

169: Guo, P.Y., NiuY.L., Sun, P., Liu, J.J., Zhang, Y., Feng, Y.X., Zhao, J.X., 2016. The origin of Cenozoic basalts from central Inner Mongolia, East China: The consequence of recent mantle metasomatism genetically associated with seismically observed paleo-Pacific slab in the mantle transition zone. Lithos 240/243, 104-118. (pdf)

168: Zhang, Y., NiuY.L., Hu, Y., Liu, J.J., Ye, L., Kong, J.J., Duan, M., 2016. The syncollisional granitoid magmatism and continental crustal growth in the West Kunlun Orogen, China – Evidence from geochronology and geochemistry of the Arkarz pluton. Lithos 245, 191-204. (pdf)

167: Hu, Y., NiuY.L., Li, J.Y., Ye, L., Kong, J.J., Chen, S., Zhang, Y., Zhang, G.R., 2016.  Petrogenesis and tectonic significance of the Late Triassic mafic dikes and felsic volcanic rocks in the East Kunlun Orogenic Belt, Northern Tibet Plateau. Lithos 245, 205-222. (pdf)

166: Niu, Y.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2016. Is lunar magma ocean (LMO) gone with the wind? National Science Review 3, 12-15. (pdf)


165: Song, S.G., Wang, M.M., Xu, X., Wang, C., NiuY.L., Allen, M.B., Su, L., 2015. Ophiolites in the Xin’an-Inner Mongolia accretionary belt of the CAOB: Implications for two cycles of seafloor spreading and accretionary orogenic events. Tectonics 34, 2221-2248. (pdf)

164: Zhu, D.C., Wang, Q., Zhao, Z.D., Chung, S.-L., Cawood, P.A., NiuY.L., Liu, S.A., Wu, F.Y., Mo, X.X., 2015. Magmatic record of India-Asia collision. Scientific Reports 5, 14289. (pdf)

163: Liu, D., Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., NiuY.L., Widom, E., Teng, F.Z., DePaolo, D.J., Ke, S., Xu, J.F., Wang, Q., Mo, X.X., 2015. Identifying mantle carbonatite metasomatism through Os-Sr-Mg isotopes in Tibetan ultrapotassic rocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 430, 458-469. (pdf)

162: Niu, Y.L., Liu, Y., Xue, Q.Q., Shao, F.L., Chen, S., Duan, M., Guo, P.Y., Gong, H.M., Hu, Y., Hu, Z.X., Kong, J.J., Li, J.Y., Liu, J.J., Sun, P., Sun, W.L., Ye, L., Xiao, Y.Y., Zhang, Y., 2015. Exotic origin of the Chinese continental shelf:  New insights into the tectonic evolution of the western Pacific and eastern China since the Mesozoic. Science Bulletin60, 1598-1616. (pdf;ChineseSynopsis)

161: Chen, S., NiuY.L., Sun, W.L., Y. Zhang, Y., Li, J.Y., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., 2015. On the origin of mafic magmatic enclaves (MMEs) in syn-collisional granitoids: evidence from the Baojishan pluton in the North Qilian Orogen, China. Mineralogy and Petrology 109, 577-596. (pdf)

160: Song, S.G., Wang, M.J., Wang, C., NiuY.L., 2015. Magmatism during continental collision, subduction, exhumation and mountain collapse in collisional orogenic belts and continental net growth: A perspective. Science China Earth Science 58, 1284-1304. (pdf)

159: O’Hara, M.J., NiuY.L., 2015. Obvious problems in lunar petrogenesis and new perspectives. In The Interdisciplinary Earth: A Volume in Honor of Don L. Anderson, edited by G.R. Foulger, M. Lustrino & S.D. King, S.D. Geological Society of America Special Paper 514 & American Geophysical Union Special Publication 71, 339-366.(pdf)

158: Zhang, G.B., NiuY.L., Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., Tian, Z.L., Christy, A.G., Han, L., 2015. Trace elements behavior and P-T-t evolution during partial melting of exhumed eclogite in the North Qaidam UHPM belt (NW China): Implications for adakite genesis. Lithos 226, 65-80. (pdf)

157: Huang, H., NiuY.L., G. Nowell, G., Zhao, Z.D., Yu, X.H., Mo, X.X., Ding, S., 2015. The nature and history of the Qilian Block in the context of the development of the Greater Tibetan Plateau. Gondwana Research 28, 209-224.  (pdf)

156: Meng, F.X., Gao, S., NiuY.L., Liu, Y.S., Wang, X.R., 2015. Mesozoic-Cenozoic mantle evolution beneath the North China Craton: A new perspective from Hf-Nd isotope of basalts. Gondwana Research 27, 1574-1585.  (pdf)

155: Andersen, M.B., Elliott, T., Freymuth, H., Sims, K.W.W., NiuY.L., Kelley, K.A., 2015. The terrestrial uranium isotope cycle. Nature 517, 356-359. (pdf)

154: Shao, F.L., NiuY.L., Regelous, R., Zhu, D.C., 2015. Petrogenesis of peralkaline rhyolites in an intra-plate setting: Glass House Mountains, Southeast Queensland, Australia. Lithos 216/217, 196-210. (pdf)

153: Niu, Y.L., 2015. Subduction initiation, trench retreat and global tectonic consequences: The origin of backarc basins in the western Pacific and effect on eastern China geology since the Mesozoic. In Plate Tectonics, Geological Events and Resources: New Advances in Geological Sciences, edited by M.G. Zhai & W.J. Xiao, Science Press, Beijing, p. 10-29. (in Chinese)

152: Wang, C., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Su, L., 2015. Late Triassic Adakitic plutons within the Archean terrane of the North China Craton: Melting of the ancient lower crust at the onset of the lithospheric. Lithos 212/251, 353-367. (pdf)

151: Xu, X., Song, S.G., Su, L., Li, Z.X., NiuY.L., Allen, M.B., 2015. The 600 – 580 Ma continental rift basalts in North Qilian Shan, Northwest China: Links between the Qilian-Qaidam block and SE Australia, and the reconstruction of East Gondwana. Precambrian Research 257, 47-64. (pdf)

150: Ye, L., Liu, J.J., NiuY.L., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., Cui, H.X., 2015. Mantle sources and petrogenesis of the Cenozoic basalts in Fanshi, Shanxi province: Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopic evidence. Acta Petrologic Sinica 31, 161-175 (in Chinese with English abstract)

149: Sun, W.L., NiuY.L., Ma, Y.X., Zhang, G.R., Hu, Z.X., Zhang, Z.W., Chen, S., Li, J.Y., Wang, X.H., Gong, H.M., 2015. Petrogenesis of the Chagangnuoer deposit, NW China: A general model for submarine volcanic-hosted skarn iron deposits. Science Bulletin 60, 363-379. (pdf)


148: Liu, J.J., Ye, L., NiuY.L., Guo, P.Y., Sun, P., Cui, H.X., 2014. The geochemistry of late Mesozoic volcanic rocks from the North China Craton and temporal and spatial constraints on the lithosphere thinning. Geological Journal of China Universities 20, 491-506.  (in Chinese with English abstract)

147: Niu, Y.L., 2014. Geological understanding of plate tectonics: Basic concepts, illustrations, examples and new perspectives. Global Tectonics and Metallogeny 10, 23-46. (pdf) (Open Access) (

146: Wang, M.J., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Su, L., 2014. Post-collisional magmatism: Consequences of UHPM terrane exhumation and orogen collapse, N. Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. Lithos 210/211, 181-198.  (pdf)

145: Liu, D., Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., NiuY.L., D.J. DePaolo, D.J., Harrison, T.M., Mo, X.X., Dong, G.C., Zhou, S., Sun, C.G., Zhang, Z.C., Liu, J.L., 2014. Post-collisional potassic and ultrapotassic rocks in southern Tibet: Mantle and crustal origins in response to India-Asia collision and convergence. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 143, 207-231. (pdf)

144: Hu, Z.X., NiuY.L., Liu, Y., Zhang, G.R., Sun, W.L., Ma, Y.X., 2014. Petrogenesis of Ophiolite-type chromite deposits in China and some new perspectives. Geological Journal of China Universities 20, 9-27.  (in Chinese with English abstract)

143: Guo, P.Y., NiuY.L., Ye, L., Liu, J.J., Sun, P., Cui, H.X., Zhang, Y., Gao, J.P., Su, L., Zhao, J.X., Feng, Y.X., 2014. Lithosphere thinning beneath west North China Craton: Evidence from geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions of Jining basalts. Lithos 202/203, 37-54.  (pdf)

142: Huang, H., NiuY.L., Nowell, G., Zhao, Z.D., Yu, X.H., Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., Ding, S., 2014. Geochemical constraints on the petrogenesis of granitoids in the East Kunlun Orogenic belt, northern Tibetan Plateau: Implications for continental crust growth through syn-collisional felsic magmatism. Chemical Geology 370, 1-18.  (pdf)

141: Chen, Y.X., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Wei, C.J., 2014. Melting of continental crust during subduction initiation: A case study from the Chaidanuo peraluminous granite in the North Qilian suture zone. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 132, 311-336 (pdf)

140: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Su, L., Wei, C.J., Zhang, L.F., 2014. Adakitic (tonalitic-trondhjemitic) magmas resulting from eclogite decompression and dehydration melting during exhumation in response to continental collision. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 130, 42-62 (pdf)

139: Xiao, Y.Y., NiuY.L., Li, H.K., Wang, H.C., Liu, X.M., Davidson, J., 2014. Trace element budgets and (re-)distribution during subduction-zone ultrahigh pressure metamorphism: Evidence from Western Tianshan, China. Chemical Geology 365, 54-68.  (pdf)

138: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Su, L., Zhang, C., Zhang, L.F., 2014.  Continental orogenesis from seafloor subduction, continent collision/subduction, to orogen collapse, and orogen recycling: The example of the North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. Earth-Science Reviews 129, 59-84. (pdf)

137: Liu, D, Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., NiuY.L., Harrison, T.M., 2014. Zircon xenocrysts in Tibetan ultrapotassic magmas: Imaging the deep crust through time. Geology 42, 43-46 (pdf)

136: Guo, P.Y., NiuY.L., Yu, X.H., 2014. A synthesis and new perspective on the petrogenesis of kamafugites from West Qinling, China, in a global context. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 79, 86-96. (pdf)


135: Liu, D., Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., NiuY.L., Liu, S.A., Wang, Q., Liu, Y.S., Hu, Z.C., 2013. Zircon records of Miocene ultrapotassic rocks from southern Lhasa subterrane, Tibetan Plateau. Acta Petrologic Sinica 29, 3703-3715. (in Chinese with English abstract)

134: Niu, Y.L., 2013. Seafloor petrology and global tectonics. In Methodology of Solid Earth Research, edited by Z.L. Ding, Science Press, Beijing, p. 791-804. (in Chinese)

133: Niu, Y.L., Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., 2013. Continental collision zones are primary sites for net continental crust growth – A testable hypothesis. Earth-Science Reviews 127, 96-110. (pdf)

132:    Prytulak, J., Nielsen, S.G., Ionov, D.A., Halliday, A.N., Harvey, J., Kelley, K.A., NiuY.L., Peate, D.W., Shimizu, K., Sims, K.W.W., 2013. The Stable Vanadium Isotope Composition of the Mantle and Mafic Lavas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 365, 177-189. (pdf)

131: Xiao, Y.Y., NiuY.L., Song, S.G., Davidson, J., Liu, X.M., 2013. Elemental responses to subduction-zone metamorphism: Constraints from the North Qilian Mountain, NW China. Lithos 160/161, 55-67.  (pdf)

130: Huang, X.L., NiuY.L., Xu, Y.G., Ma, J.L., Qiu, H.N., Zhong, J.W., 2013. The lithosphere evolution beneath the northern margin of the South China Sea: Evidence from 40Ar-39Ar chronology and geochemistry of Cenozoic basalts from eastern Guangdong, SE China. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 165, 437-455. (pdf)

129: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Dilek, Y., Hou, Z.Q., Mo, X.X., 2013. The origin and pre-Cenozoic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Gondwana Research 23, 1429-1454. (pdf)

128: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Su, L., Xia, X.H., 2013. Tectonics of the North Qilian orogen, NW China. Gondwana Research 23, 1378-1401. (pdf)


127: Song, S.G., Su, L., Li, X.H., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., 2012. Grenville-age orogenesis in the Qaidam-Qilian block: The link between South China and Tarim. Precambrian Research 220/221, 9-22. (pdf)

126: Li, W.Y., NiuY.L., Zhang, Z.W., Zhang, M.J., Gao, Y.B., Hu, P.Q., Zhang, J.W., Tan, W.J., Jiang, H.B., 2012. Geodynamic setting and further exploration of magmatism-related mineralization concentrated in the Late Paleozoic in the northern Xinjiang autonomous region. Earth Science Frontiers 19, 41-50.  (in Chinese with English abstract)

125: Niu, Y.L., Wilson, M., Humphreys, E.R., O’Hara, M.J., 2012. A trace element perspective on the source of ocean island basalts (OIB) and fate of subducted ocean crust (SOC) and mantle lithosphere (SML). Episodes 35, 310-327. (pdf)

124: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Qing, W., Dilek, Y., Dong, G.C., Mo, X.X., 2012. Origin and Paleozoic evolution of the Lhasa Terrane. Geological Journal of China Universities 18, 1-15. (in Chinese with English abstract)

123: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Dilek, Y., Wang, Q., Ji, W.H., Dong, G.C., Sui, Q.L., Liu, Y.S., Yuan, H.L., Mo, X.X., 2012. Cambrian bimodal volcanism in the Lhasa Terrane, southern Tibet: Record of an early Paleozoic Andean-type magmatic arc in the Australian proto-Tethyan margin.  Chemical Geology 328, 290-308. (pdf)

122: Xia, X.H., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., 2012. Tholeiite-Boninite terrane in the North Qilian suture zone: implications for subduction initiation and back-arc basin development. Chemical Geology 328, 259-277. (pdf)

121: Xiao, Y.Y., Lavis, S., NiuY.L., Pearce, J.A., Li, H.K., Wang, H.C., Davidson, J., 2012. Trace element transport during subduction-zone ultrahigh pressure metamorphism: Evidence from Western Tianshan, China. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, 1113-1129. (pdf)

120: Niu, Y.L., 2012. Earth processes cause Zr-Hf and Nb-Ta fractionations, but why and how? RSC Advances 2, 3587-3591. (pdf)


119: Ding, S., Huang, H., NiuY.L., Zhao, Z.D., Yu, X.H., Mo, X.X., 2011. Geochemistry, geochronology and petrogenesis of East Kunlun high Nb-Ta rhyolites. Acta Petrologica Sinica 27, 3603-3614. (in Chinese with English abstract)

118: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Dilek, Y., Liu, Y.S., Mo, X.X., 2011. Tracing the provenance of inherited zircons from peraluminous granites in the Lhasa Terrane and its paleogeographic implications. Acta Petrologica Sinica 27, 1917-1930. (in Chinese with English abstract)

117: Niu, Y.L., Wilson, M., Humphreys, E.R., O’Hara, M.J., 2011. The origin of intra-plate ocean island basalts (OIB): The lid effect and its geodynamic implications. Journal of Petrology, Peter J. Wyllie Volume 52, 1443-1468. (Appendices;pdf)

116: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Dilek, Y., Mo, X.X., 2011. Lhasa Terrane in southern Tibet came from Australia. Geology39,727-730. (pdf)

115: Turner, S., Beier, C., NiuY.L., Cook, C., 2011. U-Th-Ra disequilibria and the extent of off-axis volcanism across the East Pacific Rise at 9º30’N, 10º30’N and 11º20’N. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 12, doi:10.1029/2010GC003403 (pdf)

114: Zhao, Z.D., Y.L. Niu, N.I. Christensen, W. Zhou, Q. Hou, Z. M. Zhang, H. Xie, Z.C. Zhang & J. Liu, 2011. Delamination and ultra-deep subduction of continental crust: constraints from elastic wave velocity and density measurement in ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 29, 781-801.  (pdf)

113: Cao, Y., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Jung, H., Jin, Z.M., 2011. Variation of mineral composition, fabric and oxygen fugacity from massive to foliated eclogites during exhumation of subducted ocean crust in the North Qilian suture zone, NW China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 29,699-720.  (pdf)

112: Huang, H., NiuY.L., Zhao, Z.D., Hei, H.X., Zhu, D.C., 2011. On the enigma of Nb-Ta and Zr-Hf fractionation – A critical review. Journal of Earth Science 22, 52-66. (pdf)

111: Zhu, D.C., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Mo, X.X., Chung, S.L., Hou, Z.Q., Wang, L.Q., Wu, F.Y., 2011. The Lhasa Terrane: Record of a microcontinent and its histories of drift and growth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 301, 241-255. (pdf)


110: Song, S.G., Su, L., Li, X.H., Zhang, G.B., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., 2010. Tracing the850-Macontinentalfloodbasaltsfromapieceofsubducted continental crust in the North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. Precambrian Research 183, 805-816. (pdf)

109: He, Z.Y., Xu, X.S., NiuY.L., 2010. Petrogenesis and tectonic significance of a Mesozoic granite-syenite-gabbro association from inland South China, Lithos 119, 621-641. (pdf)

108: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Wei, C.J., Ji, J.Q., Su, L., 2010. Metamorphism, anatexis, zircon ages and tectonic evolution of the Gongshan block in the northern Indochina continent – An eastern extension of the Lhasa Block. Lithos 120, 327-346. (pdf)

107: Huang, X.L., NiuY.L., Xu, Y.G., Yang, Q.L., Zhong, J.W., 2010. Geochemistry of TTG and TTG-like gneisses from Lushan-Taihua complex in the southern North China Craton: implications for late Archean crustal accretion. Precambrian Research 182, 43-56. (pdf)

106: Huang, X.L., NiuY.L., Xu, Y.G., Chen, L.L., Yang, Q.L., 2010. Mineralogical and geochemical constraints on the petrogenesis of post-collisional potassic and ultrapotassic rocks from western Yunnan, Southwest China. Journal of Petrology 51, 1617-1654. (pdf)

105: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Wang, L.Q., Chu, Q.H., Pan, G.T., Xu, J.F., Zhou, C.Y., 2010. Presence of Permian extension- and arc-type magmatism in southern Tibet: Paleogeographic implications. Geological Society of America Bulletin 122, 979-993. (pdf)

104: Zhou, S., Mo, X.X., Zhao, Z.D., Qiu, R.Z., NiuY.L., Guo, T.Y., Zhang, S.Q., 2010. 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology of post-collisional volcanism in the middle Gangdese Belt, southern Tibet. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 37, 246-258. (pdf)


103: Zhang, G.B., D.J. Ellis, D.J., Christy, A.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Song, S.G., 2009. UHP metamorphic evolution of coesite-bearing eclogite from the Yuka terrane, North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. European Journal of Mineralogy 21, 1287-1300. (pdf)

102: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., Bucher, K., 2009. The Luliangshan garnet peridotite massif of the North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China – a review of its origin and metamorphic evolution. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 27, 621-638. (pdf)

101: NiuY.L., 2009. Some basic concepts and problems on the petrogenesis of intra-plate ocean island basalts (OIB). Chinese Science Bulletin 54, 4148-4160. (pdf-en;pdf-cn)

100: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., NiuY.L., Zhao, Z.D., Wang, L.Q., Liu, Y.S., Wu, F.Y., 2009. Geochemical investigation of Early Cretaceous igneous rocks along an east-west traverse throughout the central Lhasa Terrane, Tibet. Chemical Geology 268298-312. (pdf)

099: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., Zhang, G.B., 2009. Time constraints on orogenesis from oceanic subduction to continental subduction, collision, and exhumation: An example from North Qilian and North Qaidam HP-UHP belts. Acta Petrologica Sinica 25, 2067-2077. (in Chinese with English abstract)

098: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., Wang, L.Q., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Hou, C.Y., Yang, Y.H., 2009. Petrogenesis of highly fractionated I-type granites in the Zayu area of eastern Gangdese, Tibet: Constraints from zircon U-Pb geochronology, geochemistry and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes. Science in China Series D-earth Science 52, 1223-1239. (pdf)

097: Mo, X.X., Dong, G.C., Zhao, Z.D., Zhu, D.C., Zhou, S., NiuY.L., 2009. Mantle input to the crust in southern Gangdese, Tibet, during the Cenozoic: zircon Hf isotopic evidence. Journal of Earth Science 20, 241-249. (pdf)

096: Stone, S., NiuY.L., 2009. Origin of compositional trends in clinopyroxene of oceanic gabbros and gabbroic rocks: A case study using data from ODP Hole 735B. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 184, 313-322. (pdf)

095: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Pan, Q.T., Wang, L.Q., Liao, Z.L., 2009. Permian and Early Cretaceous tectonomagmatism in southern Tibet and Tethyan evolution: New perspectives. Earth Sciences Frontiers 16, 1-20. (in Chinese with English abstract).

094: Zhao, Z.D., Mo, X.X., Dilek, Y., NiuY.L., DePaolo, D.J., Robinson, P., Zhu, D.C., Sun, C.G., Dong, G.C., Zhou, S., Luo, Z.H., Hou, Z.Q., 2009. Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb-O isotopic compositions of the post-collisional ultrapotassic magmatism in SW Tibet: Petrogenesis and implications for India intra-continental subduction beneath southern Tibet. Lithos 113, 190-212. (pdf)

093: Zhu, D.C., Chung, S.L., Mo, X.X., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Song, B., Yang, Y.H., 2009. The 132 Ma Comei–Bunbury large igneous province: Remnants identified in present-day SE Tibet and SW Australia. Geology 37, 583-586. (pdf)

092: Humphreys, E.R., NiuY.L., 2009. On the composition of ocean island basalts (OIB): The effects of lithospheric thickness variation and mantle metasomatism. Lithos 112, 118-136. (pdf)

091: Regelous, M., NiuY.L., Abouchami, W., Castillo, P.R., 2009. Shallow origin for South Atlantic Dupal Anomaly from lower continental crust: geochemical evidence from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 26°S. Lithos 112, 57-72. (pdf)

090: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2009. MORB mantle hosts the missing Eu (Sr, Nb, Ta and Ti) in the continental crust: New perspectives on crustal growth, crust-mantle differentiation and chemical structure of oceanic upper mantle. Lithos 112, 1-17. (pdf)

089: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., NiuY.L., Zhao, Z.D., Wang, L.Q., Pan, G.T., Wu, F.Y., 2009. Zircon U-Pb dating and in-situ Hf isotopic analysis of Permian peraluminous granite in the Lhasa terrene, southern Tibet: Implications for Permian collisional orogeny and paleogeography. Tectonophysics 469, 48-60. (pdf)

088: Song, S.G., Su, L., NiuY.L., Lai, Y., Zhang, L.F., 2009. CH4 inclusions in orogenic harzburgite: Evidence for reduced slab fluids and implication for redox melting in mantle wedge. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73, 1737-1754. (pdf)

087: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., Wei, C.J., Liou, J.G., 2009. Tectonic evolution of early Paleozoic HP metamorphic rocks in the North Qilian Mountains, NW China: New perspectives. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 334-353. (pdf)

086: Zhang, G.B., Zhang, L.F., Song, S.G., NiuY.L., 2009. UHP metamorphic evolution and SHRIMP geochronology of a meta-ophiolitic gabbro in the North Qaidam, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 310-322. (pdf)

085: Song, S.G., Su, L., NiuY.L., Zhang, G.B., Zhang, L.F., 2009. Two types of peridotite in North Qaidam UHPM belt and their tectonic implications for oceanic and continental subduction: A review. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 285-297. (pdf)

084: Zhang, M.J., Li, Y.X., Hu, P.Q., Wang, X.B., NiuY.L., Fu, P.E., 2009. Recycled crustal fluids in the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath eastern China. Acta Geologica Sinica 83, 311-323. (in Chinese with English abstract)

083: Zhang, M.J., NiuY.L., HU, P.Q., 2009. Volatiles in the mantle lithosphere: Modes of occurrence and chemical compositions. In The lithosphere: Geochemistry, geology and geophysics, edited by J.E. Anderson & R.W. Coates, Nova Scientific Publishers, Inc., p.171-212. (ISBN: 978-1-60456-903-2) (pdf)


082: Zhu, D.C., Mo, X.X., Zhao, Z.D., NiuY.L., Chung, S.L., 2008. Whole-rock elemental and zircon Hf isotopic geochemistry of mafic and ultramafic rocks from the Early Cretaceous Comei large igneous province in SE Tibet: constraints on mantle source characteristics and petrogenesis. Himalayan Journal of Sciences 5, 178-180. (pdf)

081: Zhao, Z.D., Mo, X.X., Sun, C.G., Zhu, D.C., NiuY.L., Dong, G.C., Zhou, S., Dong, X., Liu, Y.S., 2008. Mantle xenoliths in southern Tibet: geochemistry and constraints for the nature of the mantle. Acta Petrologica Sinica 24, 193-202. (in Chinese with English abstract)

080: NiuY.L., 2008. Geochemistry – The origin of alkaline lavas. Science 320, 883-884. (pdf1,pdf2,pdf3)

079: Mo, X.X., NiuY.L., Dong, G.C., Zhao, Z.D., Hou, Z.Q., Zhou, S., Ke, S., 2008. Contribution of syncollisional felsic magmatism to continental crust growth: A case study of the Paleogene Linzizong Volcanic Succession in southern Tibet. Chemical Geology 250, 49-67. (pdf)

078: Zhang, G.B., Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., 2008. The subducted oceanic crust within continental-type UHP metamorphic belt in the North Qaidam, NW China: Evidence from petrology, geochemistry and geochronology. Lithos 104, 99-118. (pdf)

077: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2008. Global correlations of ocean ridge basalt chemistry with axial depth: A new perspective. Journal of PetrologyDavid H. Green Volume 49, 633-664. (pdfappendicesexample for  Mg# = 0.72 correction)


076: Marschall, H.R., Pogge von Strandmann, P.A.E., Seitz, H.M., Elliott, T., NiuY.L., 2007. The lithium isotopic composition of orogenic eclogites and deep subducted slabs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 262, 563-580. (pdf)

075: Song, S.G., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., 2007. Two different metamorphic P-T paths of eclogites and differential exhumation histories of subducted continental crust: A case study of the Dulan UHP terrane in the North Qaidam UHP belt. Geological Journal of China Universities 13, 515-525. (in Chinese with English abstract)

074: Song, S.G. Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Wei, C.J., Liou, J.G., Shu, G.M., 2007. Eclogite and carpholite-bearing meta-pelite in the North Qilian suture zone, NW China: implications for Early Paleozoic cold oceanic subduction. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 25, 547-563. (pdf)

073: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Zhang, G.B., 2007. Two types of peridotite in continental orogenic belts – A case study from the North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt. Earth Science Frontiers 14, 129-138. (in Chinese with English abstract)

072: Song, S.G., Su, L., NiuY.L., Zhang, L.F., 2007. Petrological and geochemical constraints on the origin of garnet peridotite in the North Qaidam ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt, Northwestern China. Lithos 96, 243-265. (pdf)

071: Mo, X.X., Hou, Z.Q., NiuY.L., Dong, G.C., Qu, X.M., Zhao, Z.D., Yang, Z.M., 2007. Mantle contributions to crustal thickening in south Tibet in response to the India-Asia collision. Lithos 96, 225-242. (pdf)

070: Su, S.G., NiuY.L., Deng, J.F., Liu, C., Zhao, G.C., Zhao, X.G., 2007. Petrology, geochemistry and geochronology of Xuejiashiliang igneous complex: Yanshanian Orogenesis and Mesozoic tectonics in eastern China. Lithos  96, 90-107. (pdf)

069: Zhang, M.J., Hu, P.Q., NiuY.L., Su, S.G., 2007. Chemical and stable isotopic constraints on the origin and nature of volatiles in sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath eastern China. Lithos 96, 55-66. (pdf)

068: Deng, J.F., Su, S.G., NiuY.L., Liu, C., Zhao, G.C., Zhao, X.G., Zhou, S., Wu, Z.X., 2007. A possible model for the lithospheric thinning of North China Craton: Evidence from the Yanshanian (Jura -Cretaceous) magmatism and tectonic deformation. Lithos 96, 22-35. (pdf)

067: Herzberg, C., P.D. Asimow, N. Arndt, Y.LNiu, C.M. Lesher, J.G. Fitton, M.J. Cheadle & A.D. Saunders, 2007. Temperatures in ambient mantle and plumes: Constraints from basalts, picrites and komatiites. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystem 8, Q02006, doi:10.1029/2006GC001390. (pdf)


066: Elliott, T., Thomas, A., Jeffcoate, A., NiuY.L., 2006. Lithium isotope evidence for subduction-enriched mantle in the source of mid-ocean ridge basalts. Nature 443, 565-568. (pdf)

065: Zhou, X.M., Sun, T., Shen, W.Z., Shu, L.S., NiuY.L., 2006. Petrogenesis of Mesozoic granitoids and volcanic rocks in South China: A response to tectonic evolution. Episodes 29, 26-33. (pdf)

064: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Su, L., Song, B., Liu, D.Y., 2006. Evolution from oceanic subduction to continental collision: A case study from the Northern Tibetan Plateau based on geochemical and geochronological data. Journal of Petrology 47, 435-455. (pdf)


063: Zhang, G.B., Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Shu, G.M., 2005. Ophiolite-type mantle peridotite from Shaliuhe, North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China and its tectonic implications. Acta Petrologica Sinica21, 1049-1058. (in Chinese with English abstract)

062: NiuY.L., 2005. On the great mantle plume debate. Chinese Science Bulletin 50, 1537-1540. (pdf)

061: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Su, L., Jian, P., Liu, D.Y., 2005. Geochronology of diamond-bearing zircons from garnet-peridotite in the North Qaidam UHPM belt, North Tibetan Plateau: A record of complex histories from oceanic lithosphere subduction to continental collision. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 234, 99-118. (pdf)

060: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., Chen, J., Liou, J.G., NiuY.L., 2005. Sodic amphibole exsolutions in garnet from garnet-peridotite, North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China: Implications for ultradeep-origin and hydroxyl defects in mantle garnets. American Mineralogist 90, 814-820. (pdf)

059: NiuY.L., 2005. Generation and evolution of basaltic magmas: Some basic concepts and a hypothesis for the origin of the Mesozoic-Cenozoic volcanism in eastern China. Geological Journal of China Universities 11, 9-46. (pdf1 or pdf2)


058: NiuY.L., 2004. Bulk-rock major and trace element compositions of abyssal peridotites: Implications for mantle melting, melt extraction and post-melting processes beneath ocean ridges. Journal of PetrologyMichael J. O’Hara Volume 45, 2423-2458. (pdf)

057: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Song, B., Liu, D.Y., 2004. Early Paleozoic plate tectonic evolution and deep continental subduction on the northern margin of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Geological Bulletin of China 23, 918-925. (in Chinese with English abstract).

056: NiuY.L., 2004. A new interpretation on the origin of subduction zones and the global tectonics. In Advances in Earth Sciences, Vol. 2, edited by J.Y. Chen, High Education Press, Beijing (in Chinese), p. 170-190.

055: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., Song, B., Zhang, G.B., Wang, Q.J., 2004. Zircon U-Pb SHRIMP ages of ultra-high pressure eclogites from North Qilian Orogeny and tectonic significance. Chinese Science Bulletin 49, 592-595. (pdf)

054: Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., NiuY.L., 2004. Ultra-deep origin of garnet peridotite from the North Qaidam ultrahigh-pressure belt, Northern Tibetan Plateau, NW China. American Mineralogist 89, 1330-1336. (pdf)

053: NiuY.L., Hékinian, R., 2004. Ridge suction drives plume-ridge interactions (Chapter 9). In Oceanic Hotspots, edited by R. Hékinian and P. Stoffers, Springer-Verlag, New York, p. 285-307. (pdf1,pdf2)

052: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2004. Mantle plumes are not from ancient oceanic crust (Chapter 7). In Oceanic Hotspots, edited by R. Hékinian and P. Stoffers, Springer-Verlag, New York, p. 239-252. (pdf)

051: NiuY.L., 2004. The origin of the 43 Ma bend along the Hawaii-Emperor seamount chain:  Problem and solution (Chapter 4). In Oceanic Hotspots, edited by R. Hékinian and P. Stoffers, Springer-Verlag, New York, p. 143-155. (pdf)


050: MacLeod, C.J., Escartin, J., Banerji, D., Banks, G.J., Gleeson, M., Irving, D.H.B., Lilley, R.M., McCaig, A.M., NiuY.L., Allerton, S., Smith, D.K., 2003. Direct geological evidence for oceanic detachment faulting: the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 15°45’N: Reply to Comment by J. Spencer. Geology 31, e14-e15.

049NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., Pearce, J.A., 2003. Initiation of subduction zones as a consequence of lateral compositional buoyancy contrast within the lithosphere: A petrologic perspective. Journal of Petrology 44, 851-866. (pdf)

048: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2003. Origin of ocean island basalts: A new perspective from petrology, geochemistry and mineral physics considerations. Journal of Geophysical Research 108, 2209, doi:10.1029/2002JB002048, 19 pp (pages ECV 5 1-19). (pdf)

047: Fang, N., NiuY.L., 2003. Late Paleozoic ultramafic lavas in Yunnan, Southwest China and their geodynamic significance. Journal of Petrology 44, 141-158. (pdf)

046: Li, H., NiuY.L., 2003. Multi-collector ICP-MS analysis of Pb isotope ratios in actual rocks: High quality data, simple procedure and needed cautions. Acta Geologica Sinica. 77, 44-58. (pdf)


045: MacLeod, C.J., Escartin, J., Banerji, D., Banks, G.J., Gleeson, M., Irving, D.H.B., Lilley, R.M., McCaig, A.M., NiuY.L., Allerton, S., Smith, D.K., 2002. First direct evidence for oceanic detachment faulting: the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 15°45’N. Geology 30, 879-882. (pdf)

044: Dick, H.J.B., Ozawa, K., Meyer, P.S., NiuY.L., Robinson, P.T., Constantin, M., Herbert, R., Natland, J., Hirth, G., Mackie, S., 2002. Primary Silicate Mineral Chemistry of a 1.5-km Section of Very-Slow Spread Lower Ocean Crust: ODP Hole 735B, Southwest Indian Ridge. In Natland, J.H., Dick, H.J.B., Miller, D. J., and Von Herzen, R. P. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results176,doi:10.2973/, 61 pp. (pdf1,pdf2)

043: NiuY.L., Gilmore, T., Mackie, S., Greig, A., Bach, W., 2002. Mineral chemistry, whole-rock compositions and petrogenesis of ODP Leg 176 gabbros: Data and discussion. In Natland, J.H., Dick, H.J.B., Miller, D. J., and Von Herzen, R. P. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results176, doi:10.2973/, 60 pp. (pdf1,pdf2)

042: NiuY.L., Regelous, M., Wendt, J.I., Batiza, R., O’Hara, M.J., 2002. Geochemistry of near-EPR seamounts: Importance of source vs. process and the origin of enriched mantle component. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 199, 327-345. (pdf)

041: Zou, H., Zindler, A., NiuY.L., 2002. Constraints on melt movement beneath the East Pacific Rise from 230Th-238U disequilibrium. Science 295, 107-110. (pdf)


040: Bach, W., Alt, J.C., NiuY.L., Humphris, S.E., Erzinger, J., Dick, H.J.B., 2001. The chemical consequences of late-stage hydrothermal circulation in an uplifted block of lower ocean crust at the Southwest Indian Ridge: Results from ODP Hole 735B (Leg 176). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 65, 3267-3287. (pdf)

039: NiuY.L., Bideau, D., Hékinian, R., Batiza, R., 2001. Mantle compositional control on the extent of melting, crust production, gravity anomaly, ridge morphology, and ridge segmentation: a case study at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 33 – 35°N.Earth and Planetary Science Letters 186, 383-399. (pdf)


038: Bruce, M.C., NiuY.L., 2000. Early Permian supra-subduction assemblage of the South Island terrane, Percy Isles, New England Fold Belt, Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences471077-1086. (pdf)

037: Bruce, M.C., NiuY.L., 2000. Evidence for Paleozoic magmatism recorded in the Late Neoproterozoic Marlborough ophiolite, New England Fold Belt, central Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences471065-1076. (pdf)

036: Bruce, M.C., NiuY.L., Harbort, T.A., Holcombe, R.J., 2000. Petrological, geochemical and geochronological evidence for a Neoproterozoic ocean basin recorded in the Marlborough terrane of the northern New England Fold Belt. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences471053-1064. (pdf)

035: Robinson, P.T., Dick, H.J.B., Natland, J.H., ODP Leg 176 Shipboard Party (Y.LNiu is a co-author), 2000. Lower oceanic crust formed at an ultra-slow-spreading ridge:  Ocean Drilling Program Hole 735B, Southwest Indian Ridge. Geological Society of America Special Paper 349, 75-86. (pdf)

034: Dick, H.J.B., Natland, J., ODP Leg 176 Shipboard Party (Y.LNiu is a co-author), 2000. A long in-situ section of the lower ocean crust: Results of ODP Leg 176 drilling at the Southwest Indian Ridge. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 179, 31-51. (pdf)


033: ODP Leg 176 Scientific Party (Y.LNiu is a member of it), 1999. Initial Report of Hole 735B, ODP Leg 176, Proceedings of Ocean Drilling Program 176.

032: NiuY.L., 1999. Mantle circulation and creation of compositional heterogeneities in the upper mantle beneath the East Pacific Rise. in Science and technology – advancing into the new millennium, edited by J. Sun, L. Sun, J. Jin, A. Yu, Q. Zhang and P. Zhang, pp. 215-239 and pp. 537-539, People’s Education Press (ISBN 7-107-13208-3), Beijing.  (in Chinese with English abstract)

031: NiuY.L., 1999. Comments on some misconceptions in igneous/experimental petrology and methodology: A reply. Journal of Petrology 40, 1195-1203. (pdf)

030: Wendt, J.I., Regelous, M., NiuY.L., Hékinian, R., Collerson, K.D., 1999. Geochemistry of lavas from the Garrett Transform Fault: insights into mantle heterogeneity beneath the eastern Pacific. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 173, 271-284. (pdf)

029: Regelous, M., NiuY.L., Wendt, J.I., Batiza, R., Greig, A., Collerson, K.D., 1999. An 800 Ka record of the geochemistry of magmatism on the East Pacific Rise at 10°30’N: Insights into magma chamber processes beneath a fast-spreading ocean ridge. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 168, 45-63. (pdf)

028: NiuY.L., Collerson, K.D., Batiza, R., Wendt, I., Regelous, M., 1999. The origin of E-type MORB at ridges far from mantle plumes: The East Pacific Rise at 11°20’N. Journal of Geophysical Research 104, 7067-7087. (pdf)


027: Ewart, A., Collerson, K.D., Regelous, R., Wendt, J.I., NiuY.L., 1998. Geochemical evolution within the Tonga-Kermadec-Lau arc-backarc system: The role of varying mantle wedge composition in space and time. Journal of Petrology 39, 331-368. (pdf)

026: Castillo, P.R., Natland, J.H., Niu, Y.L., Lonsdale, P., 1998. Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopic variation along the Pacific ridges from 53 to 56°S: Implications for mantle and crustal dynamic processes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 154, 109-125. (pdf)


025: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1997. Trace element evidence from seamounts for recycled oceanic crust in the eastern equatorial Pacific mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 148, 471-484. (pdf)

024: NiuY.L. Langmuir, C.H., Kinzler, R.J., 1997. The origin of abyssal peridotites: A new perspective. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 152, 251-265. (pdf)

023: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1997. Extreme mantle source heterogeneities beneath the northern East Pacific Rise – Trace element evidence from near-ridge seamounts. Proceedings of 30th ICG 15, 109-120. (pdf)

022: NiuY.L., Hékinian, R., 1997. Spreading rate dependence of the extent of mantle melting beneath ocean ridges. Nature 385, 326-329. (pdf)

021: NiuY.L., Hékinian, R., 1997. Basaltic liquids and harzburgitic residues in the Garrett Transform: A case study at fast-spreading ridges. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 146, 243-258. (pdf)

020: NiuY.L., 1997. Mantle melting and melt extraction processes beneath ocean ridges: Evidence from abyssal peridotites. Journal of Petrology 38, 1047-1074. (pdf)


019: Duncan, R.A., Larsen, H.C., ODP Leg 163 Shipboard Party (Y.LNiu is a co-author), 1996. Southeast Greenland margin: Covering leg 163 of the cruises of the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution, Reykjavik, Iceland, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sites 988-990, 3 September-7 October 1995. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling ProgramInitial reports,163,5-279.

018: NiuY.L., Waggoner, G., Sinton, J.M., Mahoney, J.J., 1996. Mantle source heterogeneity and melting processes beneath seafloor spreading centers: The East Pacific Rise 18° – 19°S. Journal of Geophysical Research 10127,711-27,733. (pdf)

017: Batiza, R., Niu, Y.L., Karsten, J.L., Boger, W., Potts, E., Norby, L., Butler, R., 1996. Steady and non-steady state magma chambers below the East Pacific Rise. Geophysical Research Letters 23, 221-224. (pdf)


016: Hékinian, R., D. Bideau, Hebért, R., NiuY.L., 1995. Magmatic processes at upper mantle-crustal boundary zone: Garrett transform (EPR South). Journal of Geophysical Research100, 10,163-10,185. (pdf)


015: Batiza, R. & the scientific party (Y.LNiu is one of the co-authors),1994Petrology and mineral chemistry of MORB samples from Site 864A and Site 864B. ODP Scientific results.

014: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1994. Magmatic processes at a slow spreading ridge segment: 26°S Mid-Atlantic ridge. Journal of Geophysical Research 99, 19,719-19,740. (pdf)


013: ODP Leg 142 Scientific Party (Y.LNiu is a member of it), 1993. Initial Report of Site 864, ODP Leg 142. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program142/143, 55-102.

012: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1993. Chemical variation trends at fast and slow spreading ridges. Journal of Geophysical Research 98, 7887-7902. (pdf)


011: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1992. MORBCAL: A program for calculating the compositions of primary basaltic melts produced by decompression-induced melting below mid-ocean ridges. Computers and Geosciences 18, 1277-1282. (pdf)

010: Batiza, R., NiuY.L., 1992. Petrology and magma chamber processes at the East Pacific Rise ~ 9°30’N. Journal of Geophysical Research 97, 6779-6797. (pdf)


009: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1991. An empirical method for calculating melt compositions produced beneath mid-ocean ridges: Application for axis and off-axis (seamounts) melting. Journal of Geophysical Research 96, 21,753-21,777. (pdf)

008: NiuY.L., Lesher, C.L., 1991. Hydrothermal alteration of mafic metavolcanic rocks and genesis of Fe-Zn-Cu sulfide deposits, Stone Hill district, Alabama. Economic Geology 86, 983-1001. (pdf)

007: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1991. In-situ densities of silicate melts and minerals as a function of temperature, pressure, and composition. Journal of Geology99, 767-775. (pdf)

006: NiuY.L., Batiza, R., 1991. DENSCAL: A program for calculating the densities of sili­cate melts and minerals as a function of temperature, pressure, and composition in magma generation environment. Computers and Geosciences 17, 679-687. (pdf)


005: Batiza, R., Niu, Y.L., Zayac, W.C., 1990. Chemistry of seamounts near the East Pacific Rise: Implications for the geometry of subaxial mantle flow. Geology 18, 1122-1125. (pdf)


004: Batiza, R., Smith, T.L., Niu, Y.L., 1989. Geologic and petrologic evolution of seamounts near the EPR based on submersible and camera study. Marine Geophysical Research 11, 169-236. (pdf)


003: Chen, H., Y.LNiu, 1985. Fission-track dating of Baiyin pyritic copper deposits. Nuclear Techniques 1, 32-34. (in Chinese with English abstract)


002: NiuY.L., 1984. On the genesis of the Xitieshan polymetalic ore deposit. Journal of Lanzhou University 20, 105-115. (in Chinese with English abstract)

001: NiuY.L., 1984. R-mode and Q-mode cluster analysis and true thickness calculations. Geology of Northwest China 15, 64-69. (in Chinese with English abstract)

Workshop papers (un-reviewed): (284-288)

284: NiuY.L., S. Song and L. Zhang (eds.), 2005. The Origin, Evolution and Present State of Subcontinental Lithosphere – an IUGS-SECE conference, June 25-July 1, 2005, Beijing, Abstract Volume, 124 pp, Peking University. (abstracts and field guide)

285: NiuY.L., 2002. Generation and evolution of basaltic magmas: Some fundamental concepts, in Symposium on Igneous Rocks, Tectonics and Mineralization, edited and translated by Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, p. 1-12 (English), p. 104-111 (Chinese) (Workshop paper).

286: NiuY.L., 2002. The origin of subduction zones: A new perspective and implications for the global tectonics, in Symposium on Igneous Rocks, Tectonics and Mineralization, edited and translated by Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, p. 13-28 (English), p. 112-124 (Chinese(Workshop paper).

287: NiuY.L., 2002. Origin of mantle plume source materials for ocean island basalts (OIB) and continental flood basalts (CFB), in Symposium on Igneous Rocks, Tectonics and Mineralization, edited and translated by Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, p. 29-50 (English), p. 125-141 (Chinese) (Workshop paper).

288: NiuY.L., 2002. Interactions between mantle plumes and mid-ocean ridges: Observations, concepts and mechanisms, in Symposium on Igneous Rocks, Tectonics and Mineralization, edited and translated by Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, p. 51-67 (English), p. 142-156 (Chinese) (Workshop paper).

News, Views, Comments, Reports and Book Review: (289-316)

289: Niu, Y.L., 2021. Basalts have no memory of mantle potential temperature, but record the lithosphere thickness at the time of eruption (in Chinese: 玄武岩记录有喷发时岩石圈厚度的信息,没有地幔潜在温度的记忆. Chinese Science Bulletin), vv, ppp-ppp.

290: NiuY.L., 2021. A paradigm change: Lithospheric lid thickness, not mantle potential temperature, controls the extent of mantle melting, depth of melt extraction & basalt compositions in all tectonic settings on Earth, for “” (link1).

291: NiuY.L., 2015. “Experimental demonstrations on the sources and conditions of mantle melting” – Editor’s note to “Mantle-derived magmas: intraplate, hot-spots and mid-pcean ridges” by David Green & Trevor Falloon. Science Bulletin 60, p. 1871-1872. (pdf)

292: NiuY.L., 2015. “How and where does continental crust form?” – Editor’s note to “Continental crust formation at arcs, the arclogite ‘delamination’ cycle, and one origin for fertile melting anomalies in the mantle” by Cin-Ty Lee & Don Anderson. Science Bulletin 60, p. 1139. (pdf)

293: NiuY.L., 2013. Book Review of  “Geochemistry” by W.M. White (Cambridge University Press). Geological Magazine (pdf1,pdf2).

294: NiuY.L., Dick, H.J.B., 2012. Dick Receives 2011 Harry H. Hess Medal. Eos Trans. AGU93(2), 23.  (link1link2).

295: NiuY.L., 2011. Editor’s note to “Small-scale convection beneath oceans and continents” by Norman Sleep. Chinese Science Bulletin 56, p. 1291. (pdf)

296: NiuY.L., 2011. Editor’s note to “The evolution of the atmosphere in the Achaean and early Proterozoic” by Euan Nisbet & Mary Fowler. Chinese Science Bulletin 56, p. 3. (pdf)

297: NiuY.L., 2009. Recent developments on seafloor petrology and tectonics: A volume in honour of Roger Hékinian for his life-long contributions to marine petrology and tectonics research (Preface). Lithos 112, vii-ix. (pdf)

298: NiuY.L., 2009. Editor’s note to “The Siberian Traps and the End-Permian mass extinction: a critical review” by Andy Saunders & Marc Reichow. Chinese Science Bulletin 53, p. 19. (pdf)

299: NiuY.L., 2008. Editor’s note to “Making continental crust: The sanukitoid connection” by Yoshiyuki Tatsumi. Chinese Science Bulletin 53, p. 1619. (pdf)

300: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2008. O’Hara Receives 2007 Harry H. Hess Medal. Eos Trans. AGU89(4), 31.  (link1,link2link3link4).

301: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2007. “Mantle plumes” are NOT from ancient oceanic crust, for “” (link1,link2).

302: NiuY.L., 2007. Editor’s note to “When and how did plate tectonics begin? Theoretical and empirical considerations” by Robert J. Stern. Chinese Science Bulletin 52, p. 577. (pdf)

303: NiuY.L., Song, S.G., 2007. The origin, evolution and present state of continental lithosphere (Preface). Lithos 96, ix-x. (pdf)

304: NiuY.L., 2006. 2005/2006 Report of SECE to IUGS, (link).

305: NiuY.L., 2006. Continental lithospheric thinning results from hydration weakening, not “delamination”, and is a special consequence of plate tectonics, for “” (link1,link2,link3).

306: NiuY.L., 2006. Editor’s note to “An overview of adakite petrogenesis” by Paterno R. Castillo. Chinese Science Bulletin 51, p. 257. (pdf)

307: NiuY.L., 2006. Editor’s note to “Global warming: Take action or wait” by Wallace S. Broecker. Chinese Science Bulletin 51, p. 1017. (pdf)

308: NiuY.L., 2006. Under “Meet the New 2006 GS Directors”. The geochemical News, No. 126. (pdf)

309: NiuY.L., 2005. On the great plume debate – Editor’s note to “Mantle plumes: Why the current skepticism?” by Gillian R. Foulger. Chinese Science Bulletin 50, 1555-1560, (pdf).

310: NiuY.L., 2005. On the great plume debate – Editor’s note to “A case for mantle plumes” by Geoff F. Davies. Chinese Science Bulletin 50, 1541-1554, (pdf).

311: NiuY.L., Song, S.G., Zhang, L.F., 2005. The Origin, Evolution and Present State of Subcontinental Lithosphere – an IUGS-SECE conference report. Episodes 28, 209. (pdf1)(pdf2)(Photo)

312: NiuY.L., Niu, A.H., Niu, L.T., 2004. An answer to the question of “Does the physical earth get, if you could place it on a scale, heavier or lighter as time passes?”  Environment, Science and Space Section, p. 2, Houston Chronicle, October 5th. (pdf)

313: NiuY.L., 2004. Editor’s note to “Simple Scaling Relations in Geodynamics – the role of Pressure in Mantle Convection and Plume Formation” by Don L. Anderson. Chinese Science Bulletin 49, p. 2025 (Chinese, pdf), 2017 (English, pdf).

314: NiuY.L., 2004. Editor’s note to “New Moon From an old Hand” by Michael J. O’Hara. Chinese Science Bulletin 49, p.1809 (Chinese, pdf), p. 1788 (English, pdf).

315: NiuY.L., 2003. A sideways move for the asthenosphere. NERC Planet EarthSpring Issue 29. (pdf)

316: Natland, J.N., Castillo, P.R., Niu, Y.L., Lonsdale, P., 1995. Petrological exploration of fast-spreading ridges in the far southern Pacific Ocean. Ridge Events 6, 1-27.

Peer-reviewed, useful, yet unpublished paper: (317-317)

317: NiuY.L., 2004. Excess olivine and positive FeO-MgO trend in bulk compositions of abyssal peridotites as a consequence of porous melt migration beneath ocean ridges: A clarification, Earth and Planetary Science Letters manuscript (Read on if interested as this will never be published).

Edited Volumes: (318-326)

318: NiuY.L., Herzberg, C., Wilson, M., 2004. Magma generation and evolution in the Earth – A volume in honour of the work of Michael J. O’Hara, on the occasion of his 70th birthday (foreword).  Journal of Petrology 45, 2347-2348. (pdf)

319: NiuY.L., Song, S.G., (edited), 2007. <<The origin, evolution and present state of continental lithosphere>>. Lithos 96, Issue 1-2, Pages 1-324. (ToC)

320: NiuY.L. (edited), 2009. <<Recent developments on seafloor petrology and tectonics: A volume in honour of Roger Hékinian for his life-long contributions to marine petrology and tectonics>>. Lithos 112, Issue 1-2 Pages 1-162. (ToC)

321: NiuY.L., Wilson, M., 2011. Magma generation and evolution and global tectonics: A volume in honor of Peter J. Wyllie for his life-long contributions to understanding how the Earth works by means of experimental petrology (foreword). Journal of Petrology 52, 1239-1242. (pdf)

322: Chung, S.L., Zheng, Y.F., Niu, Y.L., Sun, W.D., Song, S.G., Mezger, K., 2012. Geochemical perspectives on mantle dynamics and plate interactions in Asia — A special issue in honor/memory of Dr. Shen-su Sun. Chemical Geology 328, Issue 1-4, 1-308. (pdf)

323: Sun, W.D., Teng, F.Z., NiuY.L., Tatsumi, Y., Yang, X.Y., Ling, M.X., Norman, M., 2014. The subduction factory: Geochemical perspectives. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 143, 1-7. (pdf)

324: Zhu, D.C., Chung, S.L., NiuY.L., 2016. Recent advances on the tectonic and magmatic evolution of the Greater Tibetan Plateau: A special issue in Honor of Prof. Guitang Pan. Lithos 245, 1-6. (pdf)

325: NiuY.L., Wilson, M., 2016. In honor and memory of Michael J. O’Hara for his life-long contributions to understanding the working of the Earth and other planets by means of petrology and geochemistry.  Journal of Petrology 57, 2079-2080. (pdf)

326: Hou, Z.Q., Santosh, M., Xiao, W.J., Niu, Y.L., Mocanu, V., 2018. Frontiers in geoscience: A tribute to Prof. Xuanxue Mo e Preface. Geoscince Frontiers 9, 1261-1264 (pdf)

Books: (327-327)

327: Niu, Y.L., 2013, Global Tectonics and Geodynamics – A Petrological and Geochemical Approach (in Chinese, China Science Press, 307pp, ISBN: 978-7-03-036880-5; 牛耀龄, 2013, 全球构造与地球动力学–岩石学与地球化学方法应用实例,307页,科学出版社

Theses: (328-330)

328: NiuY.L., 1992. Mid-ocean ridge magmatism: Style of mantle upwelling, partial melting, crustal level processes, and spreading rate dependence: A petrologic approach, PhD thesis, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 250 pp.

329: NiuY.L., 1988. Host Rock Petrology and Metamorphism of Massive Sulfide Deposits, Northern Alabama Piedmont, MS thesis, The University of Alabama, 120 pp

330: NiuY.L., 1981. Petrographic and geochemical studies of wall-rock alterations of Baiyin massive sulfide deposits, BSc thesis, Lanzhou University, 46 pp. (in Chinese)

Selected abstracts: (331-346)

Published over 200 abstracts presented at international conferences since 1989. 

A few recent ones that may be of broad interest:

331: NiuY.L., Chen, S., Sun, P., Chen, Y.H., Guo, P.Y., Duan, M., Gong, H.M., Wang, X.H., Xue, S., Xiao, Y.Y., 2022. MORB Fe isotope variation as a consequence of mantle source heterogeneity and crustal level magma differentiationGoldschmidt Conference 2022..

332: NiuY.L., 2022. A paradigm change: Lithospheric lid thickness, not mantle potential temperature, controls the extent of mantle melting, depth of melt extraction & basalt compositions in all tectonic settings on Earth. International Symposium on Deep Earth Exploration and Practices (DEEP 2021) (virtual)

333: NiuY.L., 2019. The rise of the Tibetan Plateau as a consequence of progressive underthrusting of the Indian lithosphere driven by subduction of the giant India-Australia plate at the Sumatra-Java trench. AGU Fall Meeting 2019. (pdf)

334: NiuY.L., 2018. Origin of the LLSVPs at the base of the mantle is a consequence of plate tectonics: A petrological and geochemical perspective. AGU Fall Meeting 2018. (pdf)

335: NiuY.L., Green, D.H., 2017. The petrological control on the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath ocean basins. AGU Fall Meeting 2017. (pdf,pdf)

336: NiuY.L., 2016. The Meaning of Global Ocean Ridge Basalt Major Element Compositions. AGU Fall Meeting 2016. (pdf)

337: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2014. Effects of Fertile Mantle Compositional Variation and Spreading Rate Variation on the Working of Global Ocean Ridges. AGU Fall Meeting 2014. (pdf)

338: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2014. A logical approach towards genuine understanding of the working of global ocean ridges. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, 1820. (pdf or pdf)

339: NiuY.L., Green, D.H., 2014. The nature of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) beneath ocean basins. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, 1819. (pdf or pdf)

340: NiuY.L., 2013. Origin of back-arc basins and effects of western Pacific subduction systems on eastern China geology. AGU Fall Meeting 2013, T41C-2593. (pdf or pdf)

341: NiuY.L., Zhao, Z.D., Zhou, S., Zhu, D.C., Dong, G.C., Mo, X.X., Xie, G.G., Dong, X., 2010. Continental crust growth as a result of continental collision: Ocean crust melting and melt preservation. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, A763. (pdf)

342: NiuY.L., Wilson, M., Humphreys, E.R., O’Hara, M.J., 2010. On the origin of OIB: Processes, sources and mantle convection. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, A763. (pdf)

343: NiuY.L., Humphreys, E., 2009. On the origin of OIB and LVZ – Some new perspectives. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, A948. (pdf)

344: NiuY.L., Humphreys, E., 2008. Lithosphere Thickness Control on the Extent and Pressure of Mantle Melting Beneath Intraplate Ocean Island., Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet., Suppl., Abstract V43F. (Link1Link2Link3)

345: NiuY.L., O’Hara, M.J., 2007. Varying Ni in OIB olivines – product of process not source. Goldschmidt Conference Abstract, A721. (pdf)

346: NiuY.L., Mo, X.X., Dong, G.C., Zhao, Z.D., Hou, Z.Q., Zhou, S., Ke, S., 2007. Continental Collision Zones are Primary Sites of net Continental Crustal Growth: Evidence From the Linzizong Volcanic Succession in Southern Tibet. Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet., Suppl., Abstract V34A-01. (Link1Link2)

Patents: (347-348)

347: (1) 孙普、牛耀龄、龚红梅、陈硕、段梦、肖媛媛、王晓红、郭鹏远 , 一种实验室元素分离树脂柱架, 2017-6-26, 中国, ZL201720747598.X (专利)

348: (2) 孙普、牛耀龄、王晓红、龚红梅、段梦、郭鹏远, 一种酸纯化装置, 2017-9-20, 中国, ZL201721208230.2 (专利)

Informal essay: (349-350)

349: NiuY.L., 2006. An informal essay in the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University. (in ChineseLZU Site)

350: About my grandfather (牛载坤) written by my father (牛 宏) (in Chinese); 牛载坤(my grandfather)塑像落成典礼讲话(牛晋龄)及照片 (in Chinese)

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