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31.05.2017 | Report | A scientific drilling project at the Alpine Fault – The discovery of an extreme geothermal activity in the New Zealand underground

The Alpine Fault – a transform fault in the western South Island of New Zealand – is highly interesting to geoscientists. Here, alongside the fault between the Australian and the Pacific plate, plates move with an average speed of about three centimetres per year. In 1717 the fault ruptured last. Since it is presumed that major earthquakes occur every 300 to 400 years at this fault the next major quake is thought to happen any time soon.

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23.05.2017 | Interview | "The threat is real!“ Alexander Rudloff on tsunamis in the Mediterranean - and how to be prepared

The recently released documentary movie "La Gran Ola" (The Great Wave), with its apocalyptic scenarios makes one sit up and think. According to this film there is great danger of tsunamis in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters. We talk to Alexander Rudloff who contributed to several projects related to Tsunami Early Warning Systems. Is the situation really that serious?

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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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16.05.2017 | Halbzeit für die Ausstellung „Fokus: Erde. Von der Vermessung unserer Welt“

Die Geoforschung hat in Potsdam eine lange Tradition. Insbesondere für die Erdvermessung spielte und spielt die Stadt eine maßgebliche Rolle. Hier lag das Zentrum der preußischen Landvermessung, hier wurden abenteuerliche Forschungsreisen wie die erste deutsche Antarktisexpedition vorbereitet, hier wurde die Schwerkraft mit atemberaubender Präzision bestimmt, hier wurde das Zeitsignal der DDR erzeugt – und hier werden heute Daten der satellitengestützten Schwerfeldmessung zusammengetragen, um weltweit Veränderungen aufzuspüren, die etwa auf Gletscherschwund oder Grundwasserverlust verweisen. All diese Geschichten erzählt die Ausstellung „Fokus: Erde. Von der Vermessung unserer Welt“ im Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam.

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16.05.2017 | Personalia | Benedikt Soja is decorated with the Ring of Honor of the Republic of Austria

Benedikt Soja, a former PhD student of the GFZ section Space Geodetic Techniques, now NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, California/USA, is today decorated with the Ring of Honor of the Republic of Austria.

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15.05.2017 | Personalia | GFZ again honored with Euro-Apprenticeship medal

On 4 May the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Potsdam repeatedly after 2015 honored the GFZ with the Euro-Apprenticeship medal.

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15.05.2017 | Natural resource exploration using freely accessible satellite data

Up to now, the search for mineral resources has been a complex and therefore cost-intensive undertaking with great entrepreneurial risk. A new, satellite-based procedure called ReSens+ (Resource Sensing) can contribute significantly to increasing the efficiency and quality of searching and prospecting for these resources. It was developed at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and will be presented at the international mining trade fair EXPONOR on May 15 to 19 in Chile and at the DMT mining forum on June 1 and 2 in Berlin. ReSens+ is the result of research included in the EnMAP satellite mission (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) and is available as a service immediately.

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