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10.07.2017 | Report | “Good luck” for ProSalz – A safe use of salt deposits for resource mining and underground energy storage

In Germany, salt deposits play a major economic role, not only in resource mining but, less known, also for energy storage. Salt is characterized by an impermeable structure and therefore is a preferred storage medium for various liquids and gases. Technical caverns in salt can serve as a storage medium for example for natural gas, hydrogen or mineral oil. It secures a reliable energy supply even during peak of demand. Cavernous structures are also naturally formed and occasionally found in active salt mines. Within such an active salt mine the project „ProSalt - process understanding, scalability and transferability of reactive multiphase transport in salt deposits“ investigates the processes acting between salt, gas, and water in the transition zone between cavern and solid rock.


04.07.2017 | „Blank spots“ on the map – Research cooperation on mining landscapes

In cartography, each type of landscape is assigned to a symbol. Like this, woodlands, settlements, or swamplands for example are easily identified. The new research cluster „Signaturen stark gestörter Landschaften – am Fallbeispiel von Bergbaulandschaften“ at the Zentrum für Nachhaltige Landschaftsentwicklung (ZfNL) at the Brandenburgisch Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg BTU assumes that there are still „blank spots“ on the map: Mining landscapes and other heavily disturbed landscapes. Within the next three years the cluster, with the participation of the GFZ, aims at investigating the characteristics of these landscapes and at establishing a specific symbol for cartography.


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".


30.06.2017 | Report | From atmosphere to space weather – More exchange for better findings

New findings in geosciences are often gained when different disciplines combine their results. The atmosphere and its transition zone to space are fields where a lot of different disciplines are doing research, from remote sensing over magnetosphere physics to meteorology. Here in particular an exchange between disciplines may lead to a better understanding of the processes behind the phenomena within the atmosphere and phenomena of space weather.


27.06.2017 | Microbes in the desert – A new archive for climate science

Under extreme climatic conditions only few “witnesses” of past environmental conditions endure. Pollen, for example, serving as indicators for the composition of the vegetation of ancient times, are only conserved under very specific conditions. Under an extremely dry climate such as prevailing in the Kalahari in South Africa, climate archives comprising pollen or other climate “witnesses” are especially scarce. Scientists from the GFZ sections Geomicrobiology and Organic Geochemistry, together with a colleague from the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany, were searching for previously not exploited climate archives.


22.06.2017 | Personalia | Michelson-Prize for Robert Emberson

Robert Emberson, former PhD student in the GFZ section Geomorphology, was honored with the Michelson-Prize of the University of Potsdam for the best dissertation of the academic year 2016/2017 in the field of natural sciences. Emberson finished his dissertation “Chemical Weathering driven by Bedrock Landslides” with summa cum laude.


20.06.2017 | Bericht | Die Klügste Nacht des Jahres – Zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften auf den Telegrafenberg nach Potsdam

Zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften am 24. Juni 2017 öffnet der Telegrafenberg für Besucherinnen und Besucher jeden Alters seine historischen Pforten, um modernste Forschung zu präsentieren. Es gibt für alle Interessierten die Gelegenheit, unsere Forschung von 17 bis 24 Uhr live zu erleben. Auch für ein buntes Kinderprogramm, Musik, Essen und Getränke ist gesorgt.

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