Geology of Turkey

Useful links


Maden Tetkik ve Arama Genel Müdürlüğü (MTA)

General Directorate for Mineral Research & Exploration

          This is the most useful web site for the Geology of Turkey.  MTA is the Geological Survey of Turkey based in a large campus in Ankara.  Its web site has geological and geophysical maps of Turkey in various scales.  Full papers of the Mineral Research & Exploration Bulletin (Maden Tetkik ve Arama Dergisi), the oldest geology periodical in Turkey published since 1936 are also on the web.  The journal is published both in Turkish and in foreign editions (generally in English).  MTA has also an extensive archive, part of the unpublished reports were also available from the MTA web site but not anymore.  The best library on the geology of Turkey is to be found in the MTA campus.  Maps, books, periodicals published by MTA are on sale from its main office in Ankara.  There is also a good geological museum on the premises.


Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences

          A dynamic, outgoing journal published since 1991 by TÜBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.  The journal comes out in three issues a year and is being covered since 2004 by the Scientific Citation Index, the fourth journal do to so in Turkey.  Full text of papers published since 1998 are freely available on the web.


Türkiye Jeoloji Bülteni

Geological Bulletin of Turkey

          Published since 1947, first by the Geological Society of Turkey and later by the Chamber of the Geological Engineers.  Türkiye Jeoloji Bülteni, and the Bulletin of the Mineral Research & Exploration (Maden Tetkik ve Arama Dergisi) were the two premier Turkish earth science journals between the 1940’s and 1980’s.  Türkiye Jeoloji Bülteni is published in Turkish with English abstracts and figure captions.  Full papers are available from the web site of the Chamber of Geological Engineers.



          Many universities in Turkey publish earth science or natural science journals.  However, Yerbilimleri published by the earth sciences institute of the Hacettepe University in Ankara has been the most consistent and succesfull among these.   The Yerbilimleri is published since 1976, and papers published since 2000 are freely available from its web site.


Kandilli Rasathanesi ve Deprem Araştırma Enstitüsü

Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute

          The Kandilli Earthquake Research Institute of the Bosphorus University in Istanbul is the largest seismological institite of Turkey.  It does both post-graduate teaching and research.  In its website there is information on the location, magnitude and time of the earthquakes in Turkey over an hourly, daily and yearly basis.


Avrasya Yerbilimleri Enstitüsü, İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi

Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, İstanbul Technical University

          The Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences in Istanbul was founded in 1997 within the İstanbul Technical University.  It does research and post-graduate teaching mainly in solid earth and atmospheric sciences.  It is specially strong in continental tectonics and marine Geology.


TÜBİTAK – Marmara Araştırma Merkezi (MAM), Yer ve Deniz Bilimleri Enstitüsü

TÜBITAK – Marmara Research Center (MAM), Earth & Marine Sciences Institute

          Unlike the other institutes, the Earth and Marine Sciences Institute of TÜBİTAK located in Gebze about 90 km east of İstanbul, is not involved in teaching.  It does projects mainly in seismology, remote sensing and geographic information systems.


Türkiye’deki jeoloji mühendisliği bölümleri

Geology departments in Turkey


Türkiye’deki jeofizik mühendisliği bölümleri

Geophysics departments in Turkey