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12.05.2010 | The myth of the shrinking mountains

The constant increase in the volume of accumulated sediment that has taken place in the past 5 million years does not exist. This is the principle result of an analysis that GFZ scientists Jane Willenbring and Friedhelm von Blanckenburg publish in the newest issue of the Journal “Nature” (13.May 2010). The globally observed four-fold acceleration of sedimentation is an artifact of the observations. Important geological hypotheses that are based on this observation now require revision.


10.05.2010 | Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2010 (only available in German)

10.05.2010 | Potsdam:
Unsere Erde ist ein dynamischer Planet, der sich ständig verändert. Zu seiner Erforschung wird eine Fülle von Methoden und Geräten eingesetzt. Das GFZ stellt seine vielfältige Forschung mit verschiedenen Exponaten zum Anfassen vor.


04.05.2010 | The Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Friedhelm von Blanckenburg

On Tuesday 04.05.2010, Prof. Dr. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, Head of GFZ-Section 3.4, the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Friedhelm von Blanckenburg for the innovative nature and breadth of his geomorphological studies using cosmogenic isotopes on occasion of the EGU General Assembly 2010.

The medal is named after the Britisch geomorphologist Ralph Bagnold.


24.04.2010 | The Aschersleber Globe and the Potsdam Potato

With the inauguration of a three meter high bronze globe, the main work of art for the regional garden show in Saxon-Anhalt was today introduced to the public. The basis of the work created by the Berlin artist, Oliver Störmer, was the shape of the Earth calculated by scientists at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the “Potsdam Geoid”. Due to its precise portrayal of the uneven gravity field of the Earth, this geoid is also known worldwide as the “Potsdam Potato”. 


23.04.2010 | Helmholtz Research School GFZ-Project "GeoSim": Helmholtz extends Ph.D. supervision

The Helmholtz Association promotes the establishment of two new Helmholtz Graduate Schools and four Helmholtz Research Schools, in order to offer optimal supervision opportunities for new generation scientists during their Ph.D. studies. And one or more universities as cooperation partners are on board in each case. The Helmholtz Graduation Schools and the Helmholtz Research Schools will be supported for six years from the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association with an annual sum of up to 500,000€.


23.04.2010 | FOR 741 begins its next 3-year period

The DFG will support the research team 741 "Nanoscale Processes and Geomaterial Properties" for a further three years with 1.6 million €. With this, the DFG recognizes the research work carried out during the 1st funding period (2007 – 2010). 


16.04.2010 | GFZ: The 1000th

With Ms. Katja Fregien, the one thousandth employee will be hired at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences on 15 April this year. Ms. Fregien will be working as a Ph.D. student in climate research at the GFZ and will be dealing with annual tree rings for the investigation of the climatic dynamics.

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