The economic power of a country and prosperity of its people mainly depend on the abundance and quality of the natural resources it owns and whether they are used properly and efficiently.

Turkey is located on a very active and complex geological zone. This complexity leads to a wide range of geological occurrences and makes difficult to find out underground resources.

MTA (Mineral Research & Exploration General Directorate), established in 1935 with the aim of conducting scientific and technological research on mineral exploration and geology, is a universally well known and leading organization.

MTA which carries out geological research at sea and on land with the aim of finding out natural resources and the use of land in order to enhance the safety and prosperity level of the people, provides effective use of new ore deposits and energy raw materials by performing scientific researches related to exploration and development of them, brings in new data to geology and trains well-qualified researchers simultaneously. Nevertheless, it passes on occurrences that may become natural monuments to the future generations as building awareness of geological inheritance.

On the basis of the above, our mission statement, which explains our products and services, approach towards work, contribution and establishment, are formed with joint effort.

“to provide services of exploration, research, analysis, infrastructure and database in earth sciences and mining for industry and community through scientific and technological methods in a effective and efficient way considering environmental issues, to contribute to the prosperity of the country.”


  • Adress: Üniversiteler Mahallesi Dumlupınar Bulvarı No:139 06800 Çankaya/ANKARA
  • Tel: (0312) 201 10 00 Pbx
  • Fax      : (0312) 287 91 88
  • E-Mail: mta@mta.gov.tr