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09.10.2017 | First Earthquake-monitoring-network for Central Asia installed

In regions of high seismic activity growing cities and populations result in an enhanced seismic hazard: The expected infrastructural damage as well as the potential loss of human life as the result of an earthquake are increasing. This is especially true for developing countries where non-earthquake resistant buildings further increase seismic hazard. In a case study scientists from the GFZ Centre for Early Warning Systems together with the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) now installed the first seismic network for earthquake monitoring and early warning in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

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29.09.2017 | Droht ein Vulkanausbruch auf Bali?

Der indonesische Vulkan Gunung Agung, höchster Berg auf Bali, zeigt nach 54 Jahren Ruhephase wieder ein deutliches Rumoren. Jüngst wurden täglich mehrere hundert vulkanische Erdbeben registriert. Die indonesischen Behörden haben daher am 22 September 2017 die höchste Warnstufe ausgerufen und Evakuierungsmaßnahmen eingeleitet.

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28.09.2017 | Rivers of Havel and Spree: Transformed by humans already more than eight hundred years ago

Not just since the recent past humans form their environment. For thousands of years now humans settle in Central Europe which is why it is often hard to tell how a landscape would look like in its “natural” state. Here, humans turned the natural landscape into a cultural landscape with consequences even for future land-use options. Led by the GFZ a team of scientists published an interdisciplinary study on the human impact on the system of the rivers of Havel and Spree in the area of Berlin and Brandenburg City. They were able to show that already in the Late Middle Ages the human impact on the river system was massive.

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04.09.2017 | Searching for the “lost nitrogen“ – Diamonds deliver insights into the chemistry of the deep Earth’s interior

Nitrogen is one of the most enigmatic elements within system Earth. No matter where in the world scientists take measurements, in the atmosphere or in solid rock, everywhere they come across the “missing nitrogen“ problem: compared to other planets there is obviously far too little nitrogen found. The scientists Felix Kaminsky, KM Diamond Exploration, Canada, and Richard Wirth, GFZ section Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, now identified a „witness“ from the deep that is able to unravel the mystery.

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03.09.2017 | GFZ misst Signale eines mutmaßlichen Kernwaffentests

03.09.2017: Das seismologische GEOFON-Messnetz hat Signale aufgezeichnet, die offenbar von einem Kernwaffentest auf dem Gebiet von Nordkorea stammen. Die Erschütterungen ereigneten sich um 5:30 Uhr (MESZ) und erreichten eine Magnitude von 6.3. Unterdessen hat Nordkorea bestätigt, einen Kernwaffentest unternommen zu haben. Den Angaben zufolge wurde eine Wasserstoffbombe gezündet. 

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01.09.2017 | In flooded permafrost microbes slowly awake from „ice age-hibernation“

Wide areas of sea floor in arctic shallow waters consist of permafrost. So far, little is known about how microorganisms in these soils below sea level react on increased warming. Scientists of the Helmholtz Young Investigators group MicroCene, led by Susanne Liebner, GFZ section Geomicrobiology, now investigated the microbial communities of two Siberian submarine permafrost cores. They show that the microbes become increasingly active, although with an extensive time lag.

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01.09.2017 | Ten new apprentices and one student start their studies at the GFZ

For ten apprentices the year of training begins today at the GFZ. Also, a student starts with her dual course of studies, after this degree programme was successfully established last year between the GFZ and the Technical University of Brandenburg. She will be the third one by now.

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