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14.11.2016 | From science to school – 15th training for teachers "Meere und Ozeane"

The way of new scientific knowledge into schools can be a long one. The training for teachers “System Erde” (English: “System Earth”) directly addresses teachers to present to them new scientific results. In cooperation with the Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (DMG) the GFZ organizes the 15th “System Erde” training for teachers on 14 and 15 November, on the topic: "Meere und Ozeane: Entdecken, nutzen, schützen " (Engl.: Seas and Oceans: discover, use, protect).


10.11.2016 | Exotic property of salty solutions discovered

Water and aqueous solutions can behave strangely under pressure. Experiments carried out at the GFZ using Raman spectroscopy and a diamond anvil cell showed that magnesium sulfate dissolved in water was separated less than expected in magnesium and sulfate ions above a pressure of 0.2 Gigapascal, which equals 2,000 times the normal air pressure. Moreover, ion pairing even increased with pressure above about 0.5 Gigapascal. This is the opposite of the predicted trend that salt solutions become more dissociated with increasing pressure.


10.11.2016 | Thawing ice makes the Alps grow

The Alps are steadily “growing” by about one to two millimeters per year. During the Last Glacial Maximum the Alps were also coated with an ice cap that temporarily reached far into the alpine foreland. An international team with the participation of the GFZ scientists Dirk Scherler and Taylor Schildgen has now been able to show that the loss of the Last Glacial Maximum ice cap still accounts for 90 percent of today’s uplifting of the Alps.


08.11.2016 | Welcome to newly appointed colleagues at the GFZ

For the fourth time the GFZ welcomes its newly appointed professors with a formal reception. Warm welcomes and congratulations are given to nineteen newly appointed colleagues. With these new positions the regional excellence in geosciences is clearly strengthened.


08.11.2016 | Yuri Shprits follows call to the University of Potsdam

Yuri Shprits, Head of the research group Magnetospheric Physics at the GFZ section Earth’s Magnetic Field, was appointed Professor at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Potsdam, on 24 October. Shprits was successfully recruited for the GFZ, starting his work on 1 March 2016, by the Helmholtz Recruiting Initiative.


08.11.2016 | Life took hold on land 300 million years earlier than thought

Life took hold on land at least as early as 3.2 billion years ago, suggests a study by scientists from Berlin, Potsdam and Jena (Germany). The team led by Sami Nabhan of the Freie Universität Berlin studied ancient rock formations from South Africa’s Barberton greenstone belt. These rocks are some of the oldest known on Earth, with their formation dating back to 3.5 billion years.


04.11.2016 | Personalia | Bruno Merz is part of the editorial board of „Klimawandel in Deutschland“

What are the effects of climate change in Germany? Bruno Merz, Head of the GFZ section Hydrology, is member of the editorial board of a book, published with open access by Springer Publishing, titled: „Klimawandel in Deutschland – Entwicklung, Folgen, Risiken und Perspektiven“ (Engl.: “Climate change in Germany – trends, effects, risks, and perspectives”). The book wants to comprehensively present for the first time the current state of research on climate change for all topics and all sectors of society, on a national basis. Merz is the editor of part two of the book with a focus on regional characteristics and extremes of climate change in Germany.

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