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28.05.2013 | More accurate than Santa Claus

23.12.2011|Potsdam:
Every year for Christmas, the North American Air Defence Command NORAD posts an animation on their website, in which the exact flight path of Santa Claus’ sled led by reindeer Rudolf is precisely located (http://www.noradsanta.org/en/). The path of navigation satellites, however, has to be determined much more accurately than Santa's flight path, when precise ground positioning is required. GPS is the best known system of this kind, the European system Galileo is planned to be decidedly more accurate.

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01.12.2011 | New Administrative Executive Director at GFZ

01.12.2011|Potsdam:
On 30 November 2011, Dr. Bernhard Raiser retires from the Office of the Administrative Executive Board of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. His successor is Dr. Stefan Schwartze.

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25.06.2013 | Water as a lubricant

30.11.2011|Potsdam:
Geophysicists from Potsdam have established a mode of action that can explain the irregular distribution of strong earthquakes at the San Andreas Fault in California. As the science magazine "Nature" reports in its latest issue, the scientists examined the electrical conductivity of the rocks at great depths, which is closely related to the water content within the rocks. From the pattern of electrical conductivity and seismic activity they were able to deduce that rock water acts as a lubricant.

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30.10.2011 | New tectonic micro plate discovered under Tibet

30.10.2011|Potsdam:
In Central Tibet, a separate, relatively homogenous Tibetan plate exists with a thickness of about 100 kilometres. This plate is moved from south to north-east over the Eurasian plate and pushes it down to 250 kilometres deep into the mantle. This new view on the plate tectonic collision of India and Eurasia was presented by team of scientists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in cooperation with Chinese, American and British scientists in the latest issue of "Nature Geosciences" (Advance Online Publication on Nature Geoscience).

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17.10.2011 | Projekt „Geothermische Technologieentwicklung am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum“ ist Preisträger im Wettbewerb „365 Orte im Land der Ideen“ (only available in German)

17.10.2011|Potsdam:
Das Projekt „Geothermische Technologieentwicklung am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum“ ist Preisträger im Wettbewerb „365 Orte im Land der Ideen“. Die Initiative unter der Schirmherrschaft des Bundespräsidenten Christian Wulff hat damit einen Teilbereich der Forschung des GFZ ausgezeichnet, der durch die Reaktorkatastrophe von Fukushima  und die von der Bundeskanzlerin daraufhin einberufene Ethikkommission zur sicheren Energieversorgung eine Aktualität gewann, die beim Einreichen der Wettbewerbsunterlagen Ende 2010 nicht absehbar war.  "Nicht erst seit diesen Vorkommnissen besteht Einigkeit darüber, dass es einer Energiewende hin zu einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung bedarf, und das nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern weltweit," sagte Professor Reinhard Hüttl, Vorstandsvorsitzender des GeoForschungsZentrums anlässlich der Ehrung. 

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17.10.2011 | Weltspiegel, ARD: "Padang hat Angst" (only available in German)

17.10.2011|Potsdam:
In der von der ARD/NDR-Auslandsredaktion herausgegebenen Pressemitteilung: "'Weltspiegel': Sämtliche in Deutschland gebauten Tsunami-Messbojen vor Indonesien defekt" vom 14.10. wird ein Zitat von Dr. Jörn Lauterjung (GFZ) verkürzt wiedergegeben. Der ausgelassene Teil allerdings macht die Aussage von Dr. Lauterjung erst voll verständlich.

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16.09.2011 | Water in Central Asia’s fragile geo-system

16.09.2011|Potsdam:
On 16.09.2011 in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, German and Central Asian scientists officially launched the network of hydrometeorological monitoring stations in Kyrgyzstan (Baitik, Taragai, Kokemeren, Abramov glacier) which comprises low-maintenance, automated stations with remote-retrieval of data and a facility for remote-maintenance.The stations are, therefore, most suitable for operation in high-altitude regions, e.g. at the Abramov glacier in the Alai mountains situated 4500 m NN. The monitoring stations were developed by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Helmholtz Association) and installed together with scientists from the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG). The monitoring network is part of the research work of the“Water in Central Asia”project CAWa, which was initiated in 2008 by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany within theframework of the „Berlin Process”.

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