Dr. Suchana Taral

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth Sciences

Research Area

My specialisation is in stratigraphy, sedimentology, ichnology and basin analysis. I am interested in using the field-based techniques of physical sedimentology to understand the large-scale variation in the stratigaphic architecture and paleogeography in a sedimentary basin. I believe a sedimentary basin develops through interaction among tectonics, climate, sea-level changes and surface processes. Reconstructing these interacting factors from the study of the rock record is a challenging task and requires multiproxy approach. My work on the eastern Himalayan Foreland Basin reveals a completely different scenario of interacting marine and fluvial processes controlled by global sea level changes and tectonics of the orogen. My recent work extends to Gondwana basin of central India, where I am exploring the animal-sediment interaction in a semi-arid climate setting of a continent interior rift basin.Currently I am involved among other things, in exploring the Precambrian earth surface processes through the study of a Proterozoic sediments of the Sullavai Group of Pranhita-Godavari Valley.


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Notable Publications

More, S., Paruya, D. K., Taral, S., Chakraborty, T., Bera, S. (2016) Depositional Environment of Mio-Pliocene Siwalik Sedimentary Strata from the Darjeeling Himalayan Foothills, India: A Palynological Approach. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150168. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150168

Taral, S. and Chakraborty, T. (2018) Deltaic coastline of the Siwalik (Neogene) foreland basin: evidences from the Gish River section, Darjeeling Himalaya. Geological Journal, vol. 53, pp. 203–229

Taral, S., Sarkar, S., Chakraorty, T. (2018) An ichnological model for a deltaic depositional system: New insights from the Neogene Siwalik Foreland Basin of Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 511, 188–207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.08.004

Taral, S., Chakrabortya, T., Huyghe, P., van der Beek, P., Vögeli, N., Dupont-Nivet, G. (2019) Shallow marine to fluvial transition in the Siwalik succession of the Kameng River section, Arunachal Himalaya and its implication for foreland basin evolution. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 184, 103980. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jseaes.2019.103980

Chakraborty, T., Taral, S., More, S., Bera, S. (2020) Cenozoic Himalayan Foreland Basin: An Overview and Regional Perspective of the Evolving Sedimentary Succession. N. Gupta, S. K. Tandon (eds.), Geodynamics of the Indian Plate, Springer Geology, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15989-4_11

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