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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’.


19.09.2017 | Personalia | Brian Horsfield wins AAPG Europe Region Award

Brian Horsfield has been declared winner of the inaugural “AAPG Europe Energy Geoscience Research Award” for 2017 by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).


15.09.2017 | Report | Symposium on German-French cooperation

The German-French research co-operation is an important driver for European science. On September 11 and 12, the joint symposium “Earth System Dynamics - New Prospects for bilateral French-German Cooperation in Climate Protection and Energy Transition“ took place at GFZ and the French Embassy in Berlin.


13.09.2017 | Report | Mass movements at cliff coasts – The Jasmund project

Michael Dietze, GFZ section Geomorphology, investigates landslides processes at the chalk cliffs on the island of Ruegen.


13.09.2017 | Interview | Kristen Cook “drones will be involved in everything I do”

Kristen Cook is a postdoc researcher in the GFZ section Geomorphology. Coming from ground-based laser techniques we talk to her about how she now mainly uses drones for her research on the surface of the Earth.


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".


13.09.2017 | Report | International Training Course Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment

The GFZ section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes carries out annual training courses on "Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment", supported by the German Department of Foreign Affairs. These courses are part of the educational and training program of the UNESCO in the field of geosciences and disaster mitigation. This year’s course started on 4 September and will run until 29 September at the GFZ.

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