Excursions

All excursions will take place, except Excursion 5: “Harz Mountains” that has been canceled due to the lack of interest. Further details will be send to the participants in due time.

NB.: Booking for excursions has been closed, although a single application perhaps can still be accommodated. In such an instance, please contact Lutz Hecht (lutz.hecht@mfn-berlin.de).

The two German Impact Craters—Ries Crater and Steinheim Basin

Field Trip Guides

Gisela Pösges (poesges@noerdlingen.de)

Thomas Kenkmann (thomas.kenkmann@geologie.uni-freiburg.de)

Field Trip Dates

02–06 August 2016 (5 days)

Number of Participants

20/30 (Min/Max)

Costs

Single room: 570 € per person

Double room: 542 € per person

Short Description

In the center of a triangle formed by the cities of Munich, Nuremberg, and Stuttgart and embedded in the hilly region of the Swabian–Franconian Jura, also named "Alb", lies the almost circular peneplain of the Ries crater (diameter: approximately 25 km). Only 40 km to the southwest the Steinheim crater (diameter: 3.4 km) is located. These structures are the only confirmed impact structures in Germany and they are approximately 15 million years old. During the field trip we will visit these two craters—both locally exemplified with excellent quarries and outcrops—and also the two crater museums (Ries crater Museum in Nördlingen and Meteor crater Museum in Steinheim). The Ries crater is the type locality of the famous impact rock Suevite, and the Steinheim Basin is the type locality of the well-known shatter cones. Additionally, both craters were visited by the Apollo astronauts during their field training in 1970.

During the field trip we will visit important quarries and outcrops and you will have the opportunity to collect impact rocks like Suevite or Bunte Breccie and shatter cones as well. A cultural highlight will be the visit of a private castle with a beer, liqueur, and schnaps tasting.

Nördlinger Ries, Germany (© City of Nördlingen,Wikimedia Commons)
City of Nördlingen (© City of Nördlingen,Wikimedia Commons)
Bunte Breccia (Aumühle quarry)
Suevite in Malm limestone megablock (Alte Bürg quarry)

Classical Sites of Geology in Saxony and Historical Mining in the Erzgebirge Mountains

Field Trip Guides

Jan-Michael Lange (Jan-Michael.Lange@senckenberg.de)

Axel Renno (a.renno@hzdr.de)

Field Trip Dates

04–06 August 2016 (3 days)

Number of Participants

20/30 (Min/Max)

Costs

Single room: 470 € per person

Double room: 402 € per person

Short Description

Saxony is seen as the cradle of mineralogy. The oldest mining university in the world was established in 1765 in Freiberg, in order to provide the mining and metallurgy industry with qualified specialists. The chemical elements Indium (1863) and Germanium (1886) were discovered here. Numerous rock names were coined or introduced for the first time in Saxony: gneiss and greisen (before 16th century), basalt (1546), pitchstone (1759), granulite (1803), and many more.

The excursion leads to important sites of geological heritage in Saxony and evidence of ore mining in the Middle Ages. This includes the historical "Tiefer Bünau" tin mine. The world's largest mineral exhibition, "Terra Mineralia", and the treasure chamber of the Saxonian Elector, "Grünes Gewölbe" ("Green Vault"), will also be visited. In addition, the formidable landscape of the Elbe valley and the East Erzgebirge Mountains will be presented.

A further excursion stop shows distal ejecta of the Ries impact crater northeast of Dresden, up to 400 km away from the crater. These tektites are excavated in sediments of the Neogene Elbe river.

 

Ritland and Gardnos Crater Field Trip (Norway)

Field Trip Guides

Henning Dypvik (henning.dypvik@geo.uio.no)

Fridtjof Riis (Fridtjof.Riis@npd.no) – Ritland location

Elin Kalleson (elkaa007@osloskolen.no) – Gardnos location

Field Trip Dates

13–19 August 2016 (7 days)

Number of Participants

8/20 (Min/Max)

Costs

Single room: 980 € per person (flight to and from Norway not included!)

Double room: 880 € per person (flight to and from Norway not included!)

Short Description

In this trip we will pass through Stavanger and visit the Ritland and Gardnos craters of southern Norway. The trip also takes us across some of the most scenic Norwegian fjords surrounded by high mountains, glaciers, water falls, and the Sub-Cambrian peneplain at Hardangervidda. In the Ritland crater (2.7 km in diameter) case you will see the crater located in the fairly steep western Norwegian landscape. We will study the basement, suevites, and thick packages of crater filling successions (avalanche, debrites). The crater was finally filled with fossiliferous Cambrian shales which we will also visit.

In the Garnos crater (5 km in diameter) the different degrees of basement crushing will be studied, as well as the exposures of suevite. We will also spend one day studying the well-developed crater-filling sediments from avalanche deposits to debrites and turbidites.

The last day will be spend driving across southern Norwegian farmland from Gol/Gardnos to the Oslo airport at Gardermoen.

Gardnos Crater, Norway

Morasko Meteorite and Crater Field Trip (Poland)

Field Trip Guides

Witold Szczuciński (witek@amu.edu.pl)

Field Trip Dates

13–15 August 2016 (3 days)

Number of Participants

15/30 (Min/Max)

Costs

Single room: 360 € per person

Double room: 345 € per person

Short Description

The Morasko crater field is the one of very few examples of a well-preserved impact crater strewn field, which resulted from atmospheric disruption of an iron meteoroid. The planned field trip provides an opportunity to see these unique structures and a collection of iron meteorites found in this region, including the biggest (262 kg) Morasko meteorite. The participants will also have a chance to see the geological setting and the results of a study on environmental impact of the meteorite shower ca. 5,000 years ago. The excursion will also offer the possibility to visit the old town of the city of Poznań, to spend a night in Obrzycko palace, as well as to taste a wide selection of the polish cuisine.

 

General Conditions:

Except for the Norway excursion all trips start and end in Berlin (travel by bus). A limited number of single and double rooms have been pre-booked. Excursions and the choice of single or double rooms will be booked on a first come, first serve basis, and full payment in advance is required. Please check details and book the excursion of your choice as soon as possible. Each excursion has a minimum and maximum number of participants. If an excursion is already fully booked, you will receive a message that allows you to decide either to be listed on a waiting list or to book an alternative excursion.

You may contact metsoc2016@mfn-berlin.de for general questions and inquiries concerning field trips.