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Major Publications


(list below excludes abstracts and conference proceedings;

h-index = 39, total citations ~5900 )


Google Scholar Reference List and Citation Indices

Yang, H., Li, A., Cunningham, D., Yang, X., Zhan, Y., Chen, Z., et al. (2023). An evolving lithospheric-scale wrench fault system along the eastern end of the Altyn Tagh fault: Kinematics and Quaternary activity of the Heishan fault system, western China. Tectonics, 42, e2023TC007764.

Yang, H., Huang, X., Cunningham, D., Zhang, H., Yang, X., & Hu, Z., 2022, Lithological and structural anatomy of an unusually well exposed strike-slip fault pressure ridge in the Nanjieshan, western China. Journal of Structural Geology, 104757.

Zhang, J., Cunningham, D., Qu, J., Zhang, B., Li, J., Zhao, H., & Zhang, Y., 2022,  Poly-phase structural evolution of the northeastern Alxa Block, China: Constraining the Paleozoic-Recent history of the southern central Asian Orogenic belt. Gondwana Research, 105, 25-50

Cunningham, D., 2021, Tectonic Geomorphology of Intracontinental Mountain Ranges, in: Owen, L. (Ed), Treatise on Geomorphology, Elsevier,

Cunningham, D., 2021, The Case for a Globally Recognized Geopark in the NE Gobi Altai Region of Mongolia.  Geoheritage 13 (4), 1-20.

Yang, H., Yang, X., Cunningham, D., Huang, X., Hu, Z., Yang, H., & Abu-Alam, T. S., 2021, Late Miocene to Quaternary Development of the Jiujing Basin, Southern Beishan Block, China: Implications for the Kinematics and Timing of Crustal Reactivation North of Tibet. Lithosphere, 2021(1).

Zhang, Jin, Cunningham, D., Yun, L., Qu, J., Zhao, H., Zhang, B., ...& Hui, J., 2021, Kinematic variability of Late Cenozoic fault systems and contrasting mountain building processes in the Alxa Block, western China, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 205, 104597.

Yang, H., Cunningham, D., & Yang, X., 2021, Quaternary crustal reactivation of the southwestern Beishan, NW China: The Liuyuan sinistral transpressional duplex, Tectonophysics 228758.

Cunningham, W.D. & Zhang, Jin., 2020, China | Mongolia: Mesozoic-Cenozoic. Encyclopedia of Geology, 2nd Edition, Elsevier.

Xiao, W., Windley, B, Zheng, Y-F., Schulmann, K., Cunningham, D., Hou, Z., Huang, B., Zhao, G., Zhang, S., Cunningham, W.D. & Zhang, Jin., 2020, China | Mongolia: Precambrian-Paleozoic. Encyclopedia of Geology, 2nd edition

Yang. H., Yang, X., Cunningham, D., Hu, Z., Huang, X., Huang, W., Yang., H, Miao, S., and Zhang, L., 2020,  A regionally evolving transpressional duplex along the northern margin of the Altyn Tagh Fault: new kinematic and timing constraints from the Sanweishan and Nanjieshan, China, Tectonics, 39, 2, doi: 10.1029/2019TC005749.

Yang, H., Yang, X., Zhan, Y., Cunningham, D., Zhao, L., Sun, X., Hu, Z., Huang, X., Huang, W. and Miao, S., 2019. Quaternary Activity of the Beihewan Fault in the Southeastern Beishan Wrench Belt, western China: Implications for crustal stability and intraplate earthquake hazards north of Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, Vol 124, Issue 12, 13286-13309.

Wu, G., Cunningham, D., Yuan, R., Zhou, Q, Zeng, X., Yang, X., 2017, Mass-wasting effects induced by the 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) Mw7.8 earthquake within a large paleo-landslide site adjacent to the Tatopani Border Station, Nepal: Implications for future development along the critical Bhote Khosi River valley transport corridor between Nepal and China, Landslides doi:10.1007/s10346-016-0792-5.

Cunningham, D. 2017, Folded basinal compartments of the southern Mongolian borderland: A structural archive of the final consolidation of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, Geosciences, 7, 2; doi:10.3390/geosciences7010002

Cunningham, D., Zhang, J., Li, Y., 2016, Late Cenozoic transpressional mountain building directly north of the Altyn Tagh Fault in the Sanweishan and Nanjieshan, North Tibetan Foreland, China, Tectonophysics, 687, 111-128.

van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Cunningham, D., Straathof, G.B., Ganerod, M., Hendriks, B.W.H., Dijkstra, A.H., 2015, Triassic to Cenozoic multi-stage intra-plate deformation focused near the Bogd Fault system, Gobi Altai, Mongolia, Geoscience Frontiers, 6, 723-740.

Yuan, R.; Deng, Q., Cunningham, D., Han, Z., Zhang, D., Zhang, B., 2015, Newmark displacement model for landslides induced by the 2013 Ms 7.0 Lushan earthquake, China, Frontiers of Earth Science, DOI 10.1007/s11707-015-0547-y.

Cunningham, D., 2015, Late Cenozoic crustal reactivation and mountain building in the Gobi Corridor region of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, in Kroener, A., (ed.) The Central Asian Orogenic Belt, Geology, Evolution, Tectonics and Models, Borntraeger Science Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany, 253-262.

Arhin, E., Jenkin, G., Cunningham, D., and Nude, P., 2015, Regolith mapping of deeply weathered terrain in savannah regions of the Birimian Lawra Greenstone Belt, Ghana, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 159, 194-207.

Grebby, S., Cunningham, D., Tansey, K. and Naden, J., 2014, The impact of vegetation on lithological mapping using airborne multispectral data: A case study for the North Troodos region, Cyprus, Remote Sensing , 6, 10860-10887.

Yuan, R.; Deng, Q., Cunningham, D., Xu, C., Xu, X., and Chang, C., 2013; Density Distribution of Landslides Triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and their Relationships to Peak Ground Acceleration, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 103, No. 4, doi:10.1785/0120110233

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., 2013, Polyphase Transpressional Development of a NNE-Striking Basement-Cored Anticline in the Xining Basin, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Geological Magazine, doi:10.1017/S0016756812000866

Cunningham, D., 2013, Mountain building processes in intracontinental oblique deformation belts: Lessons from the Gobi Corridor, Central Asia, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 46, 255-282.

Rippington, S., Cunningham, D., England, R., Hendricks, B., 2013, The crustal assembly of southern Mongolia: New structural, lithological and geochronological data from the Nemegt and Altan Ranges, Gondwana Research, Vol. 23, No. 4, 1535-1553.

Constenius, K., Coogan, J., Erdenebat, B., Tully, J., Johnson, C., Graham, S., Cunningham, D., 2013, Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous rifting in the Tugrug and Taatsin Tsagaan Nuur Basins, Gobi Altai region of SW Mongolia - implications for petroleum exploration, AAPG Search and Discovery On-line Journal, 10485.

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., 2012, Kilometer-scale refolded folds caused by strike-slip reversal and intraplate shortening in the Beishan region, China, Tectonics, Vol. 31, Issue 3, DOI: 10.1029/2011TC003050.

Ma, F-.S., Deng, Q.-H., Cunningham, D., Yuan, R.-M., Zhao, H.-J., 2012, Vertical shaft collapse at the Jinchuan Nickel Mine, Gansu Province, China: Analysis of contributing factors and causal mechanisms, Environmental Earth Sciences, Vol. 69, 21-28

Grebby, S., Cunningham, D., Naden, J., Tansey, K., 2011, Application of airborne LiDAR data and airborne multispectral imagery to structural mapping of the upper section of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s00531-011-0742-3

Grebby, S., Naden, J., Cunningham, D., and Tansey, K., 2011, Integrating airborne multispectral imagery and airborne LiDAR data for enhanced lithological mapping in vegetated terrain, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 214-226.

Piccardi, L., Sani, F., Moratti, G., Cunningham, D., Vittori, E., 2010, Present-day geodynamics of the Circum-Adriatic region: An overview, Journal of Geodynamics, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2010.09.002.

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., Hongyi, C., 2010, Sedimentary characteristics of Cenozoic strata in central-southern Ningxia, NW China: Implications for the evolution of the NE Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 39, 740-759.

Cunningham, D., 2010, Tectonic Setting and Structural Evolution of the Late Cenozoic Gobi Altai Orogen, in Kusky, T.M., Zhai, M.G., and Xiao, W.J., (eds), The Evolving Continents: Understanding Processes of Continental Growth and Stabilization, Geological Society, London, Special Publication, V. 338, 361-387.

Blight, J.H.S., Crowley, Q.G., Petterson, M.G., Cunningham, D., 2010, Granites of the southern Mongolia Carboniferous arc: New geochronological and geochemical constraints, Lithos, 116, 35-52.

Blight, J.H.S., Petterson, M.G., Crowley, Q.G., Cunningham, D., 2010, The Oyut Ulaan Volcanic Group: Stratigraphy, magmatic evolution and timing in the Carboniferous arc of southeast Mongolia, Journal of the Geological Society, 167, p.491-509.

Grebby, S., Cunningham, D., Naden, J., Tansey, K., 2009, Lithological mapping of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, using airborne LiDAR topographic data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, 713-724.

Cunningham, D., Davies, S., McLean, D., 2009, Exhumation of a Cretaceous rift complex within a Late Cenozoic restraining bend, southern Mongolia: Implications for the crustal evolution of the Gobi Altai region, Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 166, 321-333.

Maher, B.A., Mutch, T.J., Cunningham, D., 2009, Magnetic and geochemical characteristics of Gobi Desert surface sediments: Implications for provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau, Geology, v. 37, p. 279-282.

Roberts, N., Cunningham, D., 2008, Automated alluvial fan discrimination, Quaternary fault identification, and the distribution of tectonically reactivated crust in the Gobi Altai region, southern Mongolia, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29, No. 23, 6957-6969.

Kastelic, V., Vrabec, M., Cunningham, D., Gosar, A., 2008, Neo-Alpine structural evolution and present-day tectonic activity of the eastern Southern Alps: The case of the Ravne Fault, NW Slovenia, Journal of Structural Geology, 30, 963-975.

van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Straathof, G.B., Kuiper, K.F., Cunningham, D., Wijbrans, J., 2008, No vertical axis rotations during Neogene transpressional orogeny in the NE Gobi Altai: coinciding Mongolian and Eurasian early Cretaceous apparent polar wander paths, Geophysical Journal International, 173, 105-126.

Rippington, S., Cunningham, D., England, R., 2008, Structure and petrology of the Altun Uul ophiolite: New evidence for a Devonian-Carboniferous suture in the Gobi-Altai, southern Mongolia, Journal of Geological Society, London , Vol 165, 711-723.

Blight, J., Cunningham, Petterson. M., 2008, Crustal evolution of the Saykhandulaan Inlier, Mongolia: Implications for Palaeozoic arc magmatism, polyphase deformation and terrane accretion in the Southeast Gobi Mineral Belt,Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 32, 142-164.

Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P. (eds), 2007, Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 29.

Cunningham, W. D., and Mann, P., 2007, Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends in Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P., (eds), Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends, Geological Society, London Special Publications, 290, 1-12.

Cunningham, D., 2007Structural and Topographic Characteristics of Restraining Bend Mountain Ranges of the Altai, Gobi Altai and easternmost Tien Shan, in Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P., (eds), Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 290, 219-237.

Cunningham, D. Grebby, S., Tansey, K., Gosar, A., and Kastelic, V., 2007, Multi-Disciplinary Investigations of Active Faults in the Julian Alps, Slovenia, Acta Geodynamica et Geomaterialia, Vol. 4, No. 1 (145), 2007.

Cunningham, D. Grebby, S., Tansey, K., Gosar, A., and Kastelic, V., 2006, Application of airborne LiDAR to mapping seismogenic faults in forested mountainous terrain, southeastern Alps, Slovenia, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, L20308, doi: 10.10/29/2006GL027014.

Howard, J., Cunningham, D., Davies, S., 2006, Competing processes of clastic deposition and compartmentalised inversion in an actively evolving transpressional basin, western Mongolia, Journal of the Geological Society, London,163, 657-670.

Dijkstra, A., Brouwer, F., Cunningham, D., Buchan, C., Badarch, G., & P. Mason, 2006, Late Neoproterozoic proto-arc ocean crust in the Dariv Range, Western Mongolia: a supra-subduction zone end-member ophiolite Journal of the Geological Society, London, , 163, 2006, 363-373.

Cunningham, Dickson, 2005, Active intracontinental transpressional mountain building in the Mongolian Altai: Defining a new class of orogen, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 240, 436-444.

Cunningham, Dickson, Owen, L.A, Snee, L, and Li Jiliang, 2003, Structural framework of a major intracontinental orogenic termination zone: the easternmost Tien Shan, China, Journal of Geological Society London,160, 4, 575-590.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Davies, Sarah J., and G. Badarch, 2003, Crustal Architecture and Active Growth of the Sutai Range, Western Mongolia: A Major Intracontinental, Intraplate Restraining Bend, Journal of Geodynamics, 36, 169-191

Cunningham, D., Dijkstra, A., Howard, J. Quarles, A. and Badarch, G. , 2003, Active intraplate strike-slip faulting and transpressional uplift in the Mongolian Altai, from: Storti, F., Holdsworth, R.E. & Salvini, F. (eds), Intraplate Strike-slip Deformation Belts, Geological Society,London, Special Publications, 210, 65-87.

Howard, J., Cunningham, D, Davies, S., Dijkstra, A., and G. Badarch, 2003, Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Dzereg Basin, Mongolia, Basin Research, 15, 45-72.

Badarch, G. Cunningham, D., and Windley, B., 2002, A new terrane subdivision for Mongolia: Implications for the Phanerozoic crustal growth of Central Asia, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 21, p.87-110

Buchan, C., Pfander, J., Kroner, A., Brewer, T., Tomurtogoo, O., Tomurhuu, D., Cunningham, D., and B. Windley, 2002, Timing of accretion and collisional deformation in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt: implications of granite geochronology in the Bayankhongor Ophiolite Zone, Chemical Geology, 192, 23-45.

Buchan, C., Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., and D. Tomurhuu, 2001, Structural and lithological characterisitics of the Bayankhongor ophiolite zone, central Mongolia, Journal of the Geological Society of London, vol. 158, p.445-460.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 2001, Cenozoic normal faulting and regional doming in the southern Hangay region, Central Mongolia: Implications for the origin of the Baikal Rift Province, Tectonophysics, Vol. 331/4, p.389-411.

Windley, B.F., Badarch, G., Cunningham, W.D., Kröner, A., Buchan, C., Tomurtogoo, O., Salnikova, E.B., 2001. Subduction-Accretion history of the Central Asian orogenic belt: constraints fromMongolia. In: Sklyarov, E.V., (ed.), Assembly and breakup of Rodinia supercontinent: evidence from south Siberia, Guidebook and IGCP-440 Workshop Volume,Irkutsk, 198-201.

Brueckner, H.K., Cunningham, W.D., Alkmim, F.F., and S. Marshak, 2000, Tectonic Implications of Precambrian Sm-Nd Dates from the Southern São Francisco Craton and adjacent Araçuaí and Coastal Mobile Belts, Brazil,Precambrian Research, 99, 255-269.

Owen, L.A., Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., Badamgarov, J. and Dorjnamjaa, D., 1999, The landscape evolution of Nemegt Uul: A late Cenozoic transpressional uplift in the Gobi Altai, southern Mongolia, Geological Society of London Special Publication on Uplift, Erosion and Stability, 162, 201-218.

Owen, L.A., Cunningham, W.D., Richards, B., Rhodes, E., Windley, B.F., Dorjnamjaa, D. and Badamgarav, J., 1999, Timing of formation of forebegs in the northeastern Gobi Altai, Mongolia: Implications for estimating mountain uplift rates and earthquake recurrence intervals, Journal of Geological Society of London, 156, p.457-464.

Badamgarav, J., Badarch, G, Bat-Ireedui, Ya, Gerel, O., Dorjnmajaa, D, Cunningham, D., Windley, B., Buchan, C., 1998, Geotectonic map of Mongolia, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Paleontological Center, 1:2,500, 000.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1998, Lithospheric controls on Late Cenozoic construction of the Mongolian Altai,Tectonics, Vol. 17, No. 6, 891-902.

Cunningham, W.D., Alkmim, F.F. and S. Marshak, 1998, A structural transect across the Coastal Mobile Belt in the Brazilian Highlands (Latitude 20°S) The roots of a Precambrian transpressional orogen, Precambrian Research, 92, 251-272.

Owen, L.A., Richards, B., Rhodes, E., Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., Badamgarav, J. and D. Dorjnamjaa, 1998, Relic permafrost structures and periglacial landforms in the Gobi of Mongolia, Journal of Quaternary Science, 13, (6), 539-547.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Owen, L.A., Barry, T., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarav, G. Saandar, M., 1997, Geometry and style of partitioned deformation within a late Cenozoic transpressional zone in the eastern Gobi Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Tectonophysics, 277, 285-306.

Owen, L.A., Windley, B.F., Cunningham, W.D., Badamgarov, J. and Dorjnamjaa, D., 1997, Quaternary alluvial fans in the Gobi Desert, southern Mongolia: Evidence for neotectonics and climate change, Journal of Quaternary Science, 12 (3), 239-252.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Marshak, Stephen and Alkmim, Fernando A., 1996, Structural style of basin inversion at mid-crustal levels: Two transects in the internal zone of the Brasiliano Araçuai Belt, Minas Gerais, Brazil,Precambrian Research, 77, p. 1-15..

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarov, G. Saandar, M., 1996, Late Cenozoic transpression in southwestern Mongolia and the Gobi Altai-Tien Shan connection, Earth and Planetary Sciences,Vol. 140, No. 1-4, p. 67-82.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J.E., Laubach, S.E., Peacock, S.S., Richard, S.M., and Cunningham, W.D., 1996, Geologic setting of mineral deposits of the Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, West-Central Arizona, in: Rehrig, W.A., Heidrick, T.L. and Frost, E.G., eds., Low-angle tectonic features of the southwestern United States and their influences on mineral resources: Society of Exploration Geologists, Guidebook Series v. 25 p. 141-155.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarov, G. Saandar, M., A., 1996, A structural transect across the Mongolian Altai: active transpressional mountain building in central Asia, Tectonics, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 142-156.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1995, Orogenesis at the southern tip of the Americas: The structural evolution of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex, southernmost Chile, Tectonophysics, Vol. 244, No. 4, 197-229.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Dalziel, Ian W.D., Lee, Tung-yi and Lawver, L.A., 1995, Southernmost South America-Antarctic Peninsula relative plate motions since 84 Ma: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the Scotia Arc region, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 100, no. B5, p. 8257-8266.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1994, Uplifted ophiolitic rocks on Isla Gordon, southernmost Chile: Implications for the closure history of the Rocas Verdes marginal basin and the tectonic evolution of the Beagle Channel region, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Vol. 7 no. 2, p. 135-148

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1993, Strike-slip faults in the southernmost Andes and the development of the Patagonian Orocline, Tectonics, V. 12, No. 1, p. 169-186..

Cunningham, W.D., 1993, Geological investigations at the southern tip of the Americas: The development of the Patagonian Orocline and uplift of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex, southernmost Chile: Austin, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. Dissertation, 261p.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Klepeis, Keith A., Gose, Wulf A. and Dalziel, Ian W. D., 1991, The Patagonian Orocline: New Paleomagnetic Data from the Andean Magmatic Arc in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Journal of Geophysical Research.Vol. 96, No. B10, P. 16,061-16,067.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J. E., Laubach, S. E., Cunningham, W. D., and Richard, S. M., 1991, Geologic map and sections of the Granite Wash Mountains, West-Central Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Map M-30, 1:24:000.

Reynolds, S.J., J.E. Spencer, S.E. Laubach, D. Cunningham, and S.M. Richard, 1989, Geologic Map, Geologic Evolution, and Mineral Deposits of the Granite Wash Mountains, West-Central Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR-89-4, 51 p., scale 1:24,000.

Cunningham, D. DeWitt, E., Haxel, G., Reynolds, S.J., and Spencer, J. E., 1987, Geologic Map of the Maricopa Mountains, central Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR 87-4, scale 1:62,500.

Cunningham, W. D. 1987, Arizona and the Superconducting Super Collider: Fieldnotes V. 17, no. 1, p.1-15.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J. E., Laubach, S. E., Cunningham, W. D., and Richard, S. M., 1987, Geologic map of the Granite Wash and Western Harcuvar Mountains, west central Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR 87-33, scale 1:24,000.

Sternberg, B. K., Sutter, T. C., and Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Report on gravity surveys for the Sierrita Desertron (SSC) Site, Laboratory for Advanced Subsurface Imaging Report 86-2, University of Arizona.

Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Geologic map of the northwest Granite Wash Mountains, and geologic cross sections to accompany geologic map of the northwest Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Miscellaneous Map MM-86-B, 2 maps, scale 1:10,000.

Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Superposed thrusting in the northern Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona: Tucson, University of Arizona, M.S. Thesis, 112 p.