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07.09.2017 | Personalia | Stefano Parolai becomes new director of the OGS in Trieste

Starting on 1 September, Stefano Parolai, former Head of the GFZ Centre for Early Warning Systems, becomes Director of the Center for Seismological Research (CSR) at the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in Trieste, Italy. Interims manager of the GFZ sections becomes Jörn Lauterjung, Director of the department Geoservices.

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05.09.2017 | Report | ICSU GeoUnions meeting in Potsdam

Last friday, the steering committee of the GeoUnions of the International Council for Sciences, ICSU, met at the GFZ. The meeting was hosted by the secretariat of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, IUGG, which is based at the GFZ.

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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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01.09.2017 | Personalia | Humboldt awardee Yehuda Ben-Zion joins GFZ

Yehuda Ben-Zion, geophysicist and professor at the University of Southern California, again joins the GFZ for the period of September to December 2017 as a visiting scientist and Humboldt awardee in section Geomechanics and Rheology.

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