Indiana University Bloomington

Abhijit Basu

Abhijit Basu

Herman B. Wells Professor

Sedimentary Geology

Office:   GY521
Phone:   812-855-6654

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1975, Indiana University
  • M.Sc., 1961, Calcutta University

Research Interests

Sedimentary Provenance, Processes and Products on Earth, Moon, Mars and Meteorite Parent Bodies; Proterozoic Sedimentary Geology of India

Courses Taught Recently

Meteorites and Planets (Freshman)

Earth Processes and Planets (College Critical Approaches)

Applications of Detrital Zircon/Monazite Geochronology (Graduate Seminar)

Teaching Philosophy

Learning is the only goal of the process we call teaching; and, students are always right.

Recent Research Projects

Revision of Proterozoic geology and tectonics of India.

Regolith and comparative planetary geology.

Graduate Student Projects

On any of the above topics.

Undergraduate Projects and Opportunities

On any of the above topics.

Representative Publications

Contributions of zircon U-Pb geochronology to understanding the volcanic and sedimentary history of some Purana basins by Abhijit Basu and Marion E. Bickford. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 91, pp, 252-262; (2014)

Petrogenesis of 1000 Ma felsic tuffs, Chhattisgarh and Indravati basins, Bastar craton, India: Geochemical and Hf-isotope constraints by Marion E. Bickford, Abhijit Basu, George D. Kamenov, Paul A. Mueller, Sarbani Patranabis–Deb and Arunangshu Mukherjee: Journal of Geology v. 122, pp. 43–54 DOI 2014)

Recycled detrital quartz grains are sedimentary rock fragments indicating unconformities: examples from the Chhattisgarh Supergroup, Bastar craton, India by Abhijit Basu, Juergen Schieber, Sarbani Patranabis–Deb, and Pratap Chandra Dhang: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 83, pp. 368–376 DOI (2013)

Implications of a newly dated ca. 1000-Ma rhyolitic tuff in the Indravati Basin, Bastar Craton, India by Arunangshu Mukherjee, Marion E. Bickford, Jack Hietpas, Juergen Schieber, and Abhijit Basu: Journal of Geology, v. 120, pp. 477–485 DOI (2012)

New U–Pb SHRIMP zircon ages of the Dhamda Tuff in the Mesoproterozoic Chhattisgarh Basin, Peninsular India: stratigraphic implications and significance of a 1–Ga thermal-magmatic event by Marion E. Bickford, Abhijit Basu, Arunangshu Mukherjee, Jack Hietpas, Juergen Schieber, Sarbani Patranabis–Deb, Ranjan Kumar Ray, Rajeeva Guhey, Purbasha Bhattacharya, and Pratap Chandra Dhang: Journal of Geology, v. 119, pp. 535–548 DOI (2011)

Stratigraphic position of the ~1000 Ma Sukhda Tuff (Chhattisgarh Supergroup, India) and the 500 Ma question by Abhijit Basu, Sarbani Patranabis–Deb, Juergen Schieber, and Pratap C. Dhang: Precambrian Research v. 167, pp 383–388 (2009).

A working hypothesis on the Mesoproterozoic ages in India and its impact on some global concepts by Abhijit Basu: Journal of Applied Geochemistry, v. 11, pp. 43–57 (2009).

SHRIMP ages of zircon in the uppermost tuff in Chattisgarh Basin in central India require ~500Ma adjustment in Indian Proterozoic stratigraphy by Sarbani Patranabis–Deb, M. E. Bickford, Barbara Hill, Asru K. Chaudhuri and Abhijit Basu: Journal of Geology, v. 115, pp. 407–415 (2007)

Comparative geology of Earth, Mars, and Moon during the first ˜1.5Ga of their evolution by Mihaela Glamoclija and Abhijit Basu: Transactions, Mining, Metallurgical and Geological Institute, v. 103, pp. 30–82 (2007).

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Recent Awards and Honors

Herman B Wells Endowed Professorship, Indiana University, 2003 – present

Felicitations, National Geophysical Research Institute and Indian Society of Applied Geochemists, 2007

Recent Service

Member, Executive Council, Indian Society of Applied Geochemistry, 2013 – present

Associate Editor, Journal of the Geological Society of India, 2009 – present

Member, Editorial and Advisory Boards, International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 2008 – present

Member, Editorial Board, Periodico di Mineralogia, 2008 – present

Foreign Secretary, Indian Association of Sedimentologists, 1990 – present

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Geochemistry, 2008 – 2011

Member, Advisory Committee, International Symposium on Precambrian Accretionary Orogens (Delhi, Feb 2011), 2010–2011

Member, Advisory Committee, International Conference on Paleoproterozoic Supercontinents and Global Evolution (Kolkata, Nov 2009), 2009

Member, Science Board, International Research School of Planetary Sciences, University of "G.d’Annunzio", Italy, 1999 – 2009

Laboratory Facilities

Use Departmental SEM, EMPA, XRD, etc.