149 Works


Meije Sibbel, Ernst Willingshofer, Meije Sibbel, Richard Wessels & Oliver Plümper
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

In this virtual fieldtrip we will review and discuss three case studies carried out at Utrecht University utilizing virtual reality (VR) and virtual field observations (VFO) across a range of scales for the study of geologic features such as fold and fault or shear zone structures. At the laboratory scale, state-of the art Virtual Reality (VR) provides an unprecedented level of detail for the observation of the...

Raw materials - you can’t do well without them

Antje Wittenberg, Daniel P. S. de Oliveira , Lisbeth Flindt Jorgensen , F. Javier Gonzalez, Henrike Sievers, Lídia Quental , Aurete Pereira , Tom Heldal & David Whitehead
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany (1); National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG), Portugal (2); Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark (3); Geological Survey of Spain (IGME), Spain (4); Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), Norway (5)

“Raw materials, you can’t do well without them”. This statement echoes the needs for a reliable raw materials supply chain. Awareness of raw materials is an essential element for the manufacturing industry,...

Astronomically forced sphalerite growth and groundwater circulation in the Upper Mississippi Valley District, USA

Mingsong Li & Hubert Barnes
Pennsylvania State University, United States of America

Groundwater plays an essential role in global water cycles via feedback between groundwater and climate systems. However, the geologic history of groundwater activity remains unclear due to limited data. Sphalerite color banding in the Upper Mississippi Valley District (USA) is apparently caused by variation in oxidation state during sulfide precipitation which is controlled by the penetration of deeply circulating groundwater. Here, time series analysis of the...

Reconstruction of high-resolution lake level and its astronomical forcing during the Paleogene

Meng Wang & Mingsong Li (2)
School of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China (1); Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, USA (2)

Challenges in continental sequence stratigraphy and typically limited resolution in geochronology hinder the understanding of paleolake evolution and hydrocarbon exploration in terrestrial basins. The Dongpu Depression in North China is a lacustrine basin with abundant hydrocarbon resources. An accurate geochronology for the Paleogene stratigraphy in the Dongpu Depression is lacking, and the mechanism of...

The potential of detrital garnet in UHP research as exemplified by the central Saxonian Erzgebirge

Jan Schönig, Guido Meinhold & Keno Lünsdorf
Georg-August-University Göttingen, Geosciences Center, Germany (1); Keele University, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, UK (2) Understanding the occurrence, extent, and lithological variability of UHP metamorphic domains is fundamental to plate tectonics and its evolution through geologic time. In the central Saxonian Erzgebirge (Germany), the highest metamorphic conditions are recorded in the “Gneiss-Eclogite Unit”, a heterogeneous nappe comprising MP to UHP rocks. Although extensively investigated, UHP rocks were only locally confirmed by the occurrence...

Dislocation creep flow laws of wet quartzite: the significance of pressure and slip systems

Lucy Lu & Dazhi Jiang
Western University, Canada (1); State Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics, Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xi’an, China (2) An accurate flow law for dislocation creep of quartzite is critical for the understanding of continental rheology and geodynamic models. Despite many years of effort, existing creep experiments have yielded very different quartz flow law parameters. We demonstrate that the difference can be explained by considering the pressure effect on the activation enthalpy and the slip system...

Mineralogical characterization of podiform chromitite deposit in the Eastern Mirdita Ophiolite, Albania

Malte Junge, Ann-Christin Kolb, Antje Wittenberg , Henrike Sievers, Dashamir Gega & Kujitim Onuzi
Mineralogical State Collection Munich (SNSB), Germany (1); Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Freiburg, Germany (2); Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany (3); Albanian Geological Survey – AGS, Albania (4); Institute of Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Tirana, Albania (5)

The Mirdita ophiolite in Albania is part of an ophiolite belt occurring between the Apulian and Pelagonian subcontinents in the Balkan Peninsula. Within the Eastern Mirdita Ophiolite major chromite deposits...

A multiscale numerical modelling investigation of quartz CPO variation due to flow partitioning

Ankit Bhandari & Dazhi Jiang
University of Western Ontario, Canada

Quartz crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs) in natural mylonites can vary to such an extent that they apparently give opposite senses of shear within a single thin section. Many qualitative explanations have been proposed. Here, we take a multiscale numerical approach to investigate the variation of quartz CPOs resulting from flow partitioning in a ductile shear zone environment. We couple our self-consistent Eshelby formalism for power-law viscous composite materials...

How scarce is our water? An analysis of the present and future world water situation

Randolf Rausch
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

If you look at the media, you come across new horror stories about water almost every day. Experts warn of a life-threatening global water crisis. Reports of droughts, wars for water, poisoned water and the end of our water resources are fuelling fears to die of thirst or of running out of water. How realistic is this news? Is this the truth or is this information the typical hype...


Shrawani Shagun Jha
Mody University of Science and Technology, India

Geological hazards or Geohazards, natural or human-induced disruptions of the earth surface that may trigger landslides, sinkholes, or earthquakes, present serious threats to communities, cost extensive damage to infrastructure and can bring traffic and services to a standstill. Recent climatic changes have increased the intensity of rainfall and raised mean temperature, increasing hydrological hazards, such as debris or earth flows, erosion, and floods. India has 2%...

Earth science education: How to narrow the gap between Earth science education potential and its low profile in schools?

Nir Orion & Clara Vasconcelos
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (1); Porto University, Portugal (2);

During the past 30 years, Earth science education (ESE) research has established a solid theoretical foundation, as well as practical strategies and techniques, for meaningful teaching of Earth science from K-12. From articles focusing on inquiry-based teaching to research in environmental education and sustainable development, a holistic view of planet Earth has been promoted. Nevertheless, the quality of this research, and the growing...

Reducing exhumation uncertainties in basin modelling: Source rock maturation history of the Southern Chotts Basin, Central Tunisia

Jos Kwakman, Pierre-Olivier Bruna & Giovanni Bertotti
Department of Geoscience and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

The primary reservoirs present in the Southern Chotts Basin, Central Tunisia, are located within Triassic-, Permian- and Ordovician units. They are mainly sourced by the Silurian - Lower Devonian Fegaguira Fm. and its Hot Shale member. The Hercynian Orogeny has reworked the Palaeozoic package, removing the Devonian - Carboniferous and most of the Permian deposits in the Southern Chotts Basin. This...

Using Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Management Providing Relief

Niteesh Kumar Upadhyay & Rathee Mahak
(1) Galgotias University, India; (2) Supreme Court of India

We have seen drastic growth of Artificial Intelligence in the past few years and what seemed to be a distant dream earlier is now becoming a reality. Though there are a lot of debates on Artificial Intelligence and its use, its legality and much more but Artificial Intelligence can prove to be an asset in the field of Disaster Management and providing relief. There have...

Impact of Geological Conditions and Constructional Features on Indoor Radon

Julija Shommet, Rein Koch & Leena Paap
TTK University of Applied Sciences, Estonia

Radon is quite widespread in Estonia, due to complicated geological conditions caused by the appearance of tectonic cracks, graptolitic argillite, phosphorite and also uranium in some places. Geological Survey of Estonia mapped radon priority areas and Radon Risk Atlas was published, according to this 1/3 of the entire territory is a radon risk area.

Integrated geological and gravity modelling to improve 3D model harmonization - Methods and benefits for the Saxony-Anhalt/Brandenburg cross-border region (North German Basin)

Christian Olaf Mueller, Jacob Waechter & Alexander Malz
Geological Survey of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Three-dimensional geological modelling is usually constraint by seismic and borehole data. However, in geological settings of high complexity and sparse, restricted or ambiguous available information additional geoscientific data and methods have to be considered. For this purpose, the incorporation of gravity data holds enormous potential to improve structural interpretations and allows for cross-validation and harmonization of geological models. Herein, we demonstrate an integrated approach of gravity interpretation and modelling...

The mandibular morphology of the Middle Pleistocene brown bear mandible from Postes cave (Spain) within the European Ursus arctos (LINNAEUS, 1758) morphological variation

Mónica Villalba de Alvarado , Asier Gómez Olivencia, Hipólito Collado Giraldo (5), Juan Luis Arsuaga Ferreras & Anneke van Heteren
Centro UCM-ISCIII de Investigación sobre Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos, Madrid, Spain (1); Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (2); Dept. Estratigrafía y Paleontología, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV-EHU), Spain (3); Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi, Spain (4); Consejería de Cultura e Igualdad. Junta de Extremadura Mérida, Spain (5); Departamento de Geodinámica, Estratigrafía y Paleontología Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (6); Sektion Mammalogie, Zoologische...

Coniacian-Santonian ammonites from the Ilam Formation in the Zagros basin, west of Iran

Mostafa Aseh
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

The ammonites from upper Coniacian to middle to upper Santonian of the Siah-Kuh section in Zagros basin, west of Iran have been described and illustrated. Three ammonite species from the argillaceous limestones of the Ilam Formation of the Bangestan Group are recognized. These ammonite species consist of Texanites (Texanites) gallicus Collignon, 1948, Texanites rarecostus Collignon, 1966 and Protexanites (Protexanites) cycni van Hoepen, 1965. These identified ammonite taxa are recorded...

The Kohlenkalk of the Rhenohercynian Basin: a hydrothermal reservoir for North Rhine-Westphalia and North-West Europe

Martin Arndt, Tobias Fritschle, Martin Salamon & Anna Thiel
Geological Survey of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The transnational EU-Interreg-funded “Roll-out of Deep Geothermal Energy in North-West Europe” (DGE-ROLLOUT) project aims to reduce CO2 emissions following a multi-disciplinary geoscientific approach, and promotes the use of hydrothermal energy as a future-oriented, climate and environmentally friendly resource. During mid-Palaeozoic times, marine transgressive-regressive cycles enabled the development of extensive reef complexes on the southerly continental shelf of the Laurussian palaeocontinent, whose remainders now make up large parts of...

Towards a sediment budget of Permo-Triassic successions in the Central European Basin - implications for terrestrial perturbations around the Permian-Triassic Boundary (PTB)

Maryam Mansouri & Matthias Hinderer
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

For the first time, we quantified the erosional pulse around the Permian-Triassic Boundary (PTB) over an entire sedimentary basin. Our GIS-based analysis relies on basin-wide homogenized seismic, sedimentary and stratigraphic data of the Petroleum Geological Atlas of the Southern Permian Basin. We calculated sediment volumes, sediment fluxes and sedimentation rates (SR) averaged over the entire basin from isopach maps of the Rotliegend, the Zechstein, the Lower, Middle and Upper...

Indentation and transfer of deformation between different orogenic systems: the greater Adria - Pannonian - Carpathians system

Liviu Ciprian Matenco & Douwe van Hinsbergen
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Indentation is used to define the collisional mechanics of small plates flanked by large subduction systems creating significant thickening and lateral escape of continental units. The close spatial proximity creates a situation where deformation is actively transferred between different subduction systems during their different stages of orogenic evolution. We study this transfer by observation and modelling of indentation and orogenic evolution in the Central Mediterranean system. The evolution of the...

Cenozoic Mass Transport Deposits in the Northern Dutch Offshore: Anatomy and Implications revealed by HiRes Seismic Mapping

Alex Marks & Guido Hoetz
KU Leuven, Belgium (1); EBN, Netherlands, The (2)

Recent high resolution 3D seismic reflection data allowed to map Late Cenozoic Mass Transport Deposits (MTD) in great detail. These deformation structures in Miocene/Pliocene sediments are linked to the Eridanos delta system and the corresponding clinoforms. The structures have been identified in the Northern Dutch and German offshore where they can be found now in the depth range of 500-1000m bsf. Aim of this research was...

Landslide models and Dam sites visualised in VR

Hans-Balder Havenith
Liège Université, Belgium

For multiple landslide and two dam sites in Central Asia and SE Europe we have completed geophysical surveys (partly) complemented by borehole drilling. These data were first processed and then compiled within a 3D geomodel. Here, we present the geophysical results and the 3D geomodels adapted for visualisation in an immersive virtual environment. The geophysical surveys included electrical and seismic profiles and ambient vibration measurements as well as earthquake recordings. The...

Pore Detection and modelling with Deep Neural Networks

Christoph Schettler
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany ;

The description of drilling probes due to their porosity is an important research subject in terms of searching for nuclear waste repositories. Th current techniques use raster electron microscope pictures together with various edge detection and growing seed algorithms coming from the field of image processing. Those algorithms suffer from certain shortcomings. The BGR has started the project ITERATOR to overcome those shortcomings with the usage...

Characterizing sediment dewatering and fluid flow in accretionary systems – A rock magnetic approach on the example of IODP Site U1518

Annika Greve (1), Myriam Kars (2), Mark J. Deckers (1) & Michael Stipp (3)
Paleomagnetic Laboratory 'Fort Hoofddijk', Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (1); Center for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi University, Nankoku, Japan (2); Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther University Halle, Halle, Germany (3)

The dewatering and subsequent drainage of fluids from porous sediments in forearc regions control the frictional behavior of the plate boundary décollement and all other faults in the forearc. Site U1518 of International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition...

Geometric morphometric analysis of potential hybridisation between cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) and brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the late Pleistocene.

Stefan Dehos & Anneke H. van Heteren
Sektion Mammalogie, Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns, Munich, Germany (1); GeoBio-Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany (2); Department Biologie II, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Planegg-Martinsried, Germany (3);

The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is one of the closest living relatives to the extinct Late Pleistocene cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). According to a preliminary analysis late Pleistocene bear skull fragments found in caves in Belgium show intermediate phenotypes between U. arctos and U. spelaeus. To analyse a...

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  • Utrecht University
  • National Laboratory of Energy and Geology
  • Instituto Geológico y Minero de España
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources
  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • TU Darmstadt
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research
  • Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • University College London
  • Norwegian Geological Survey