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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.


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. 


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.


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.


03.08.2017 | Timing of floods shifts and reveals climate change impact

Climate change is abstract, however, weather events like extreme rainfalls that cause floods are very real. How are they connected? An international multi-author study led by the University of Vienna and with the participation of the GFZ now demonstrates for the first time that an observable link between climate change and floods exists on continental scale. The results are now published in the scientific journal Science.


21.07.2017 | Ancient Saharan dust reveals new insights into the history of the desert

The Sahara is the largest dry desert of the world and therewith the globally most intense producer of dust. This dust fertilizes the oceans and has an impact on climate evolution and terrestrial ecosystems. An international team of scientists led by the University of Leipzig and with the participation of the GFZ now reconstructed the evolutionary history of the Sahara based on dust sediments from a Moroccan lake.


20.07.2017 | Weighing changes in the water storage of landscapes

System Earth is highly complex. It consists of multiple interconnected cycles. Measuring the balance of energy and mass fluxes in the environment is therefore a highly demanding task in sciences. Researchers from the GFZ section Hydrology, together with colleagues from the Senate of the City of Berlin, the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, and the University of Potsdam now showed that they are able to “weigh” the balance of water.

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