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16.10.2017 | Commissioning of the geothermal low-temperature demonstration power plant in Lahendong, Indonesia

16.10.2017: In September 2017, the first geothermal low-temperature demonstration power plant in Indonesia has been successfully commissioned at the geothermal field in Lahendong close to the village Pangolombian, North Sulawesi. The demonstration plant is now in test-operation.


20.09.2017 | Did marine sponges trigger the ‘Cambrian explosion’ through ‘ecosystem engineering’?

About 550 million years ago, almost all of todays’ living animal phyla appeared on Earth within just a few million years. This expansion of metazoans is also known as the ‘Cambrian explosion’ and marks the beginning of the “Phanerozoic”, the era of ‘visible life’.


13.09.2017 | Closing Conference for Carbon Dioxide Storage in the Underground

Pilot project ends after 13 years of research in Ketzin/Havel | After 13 years of successful research work, the Ketzin Project has now come to an end. In this city on the River Havel, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has investigated whether carbon dioxide (CO2) can be stored safely and permanently in the underground and how it behaves at depth. For this purpose, between 2008 and 2013 more than 67,000 tons of CO2 were pumped, via an injection well, into a so-called storage horizon. There, at a depth of about 630 meters, porous sandstone traversed by salt-bearing groundwater prevails - a "salt aquifer".


19.07.2017 | Thawing permafrost releases old greenhouse gas

The thawing permafrost soils in the Arctic regions might contribute to the greenhouse effect in two ways: On the one hand rising temperatures lead to higher microbial methane production close to the surface. On the other hand deeper thawing opens new pathways for old, geologic methane. This is shown in a study in the Mackenzie Delta (Canada), conducted by scientists from the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and partners in the US. The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.


04.07.2017 | Safe, not only while on vacation

At the beginning of the main vacation time the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences would like to point all holidaymakers and tourists who travel in earthquake- and tsunami-prone areas to its information leaflets "What to do when you experience a strong earthquake" and "Information on Tsunami".


08.06.2017 | The mysterious bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain

The volcanic islands of Hawaii represent the youngest end of a 80 million years old and roughly 6,000 kilometres long mountain chain on the ground of the Pacific Ocean. The so-called Hawaiian-Emperor chain consisting of dozens of volcanoes is well known for its peculiar 60 degrees bend. The cause for this bend has been heavily debated for decades. One explanation is an abrupt change in the motion of the Pacific tectonic plate, the opposite model states southward drift of the mantle plume that has sourced the chain since its beginning 80 million years ago. Apparently both processes play an important role, shows a new study in Nature Communications, published by a group of scientists from the University of Oslo, German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ Potsdam, and Utrecht University.


17.05.2017 | From where will the next big earthquake hit the city of Istanbul?

The city of Istanbul is focus of great concern for earthquake researchers. This 15-million metropole is situated very close to the so-called North Anatolian Fault Zone which runs just outside of the city gates below the Marmara Sea. Here in the underground there is a constant build-up of energy which results from an interlocking of the tectonic plates causing plate movement to come to a halt until a great tremor releases this energy. Scientists, therefore, reckon with an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 or greater in this region in the coming years.

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