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15.07.2010 | Birthday in Space: Recap of the life of a satellite

Today, on the 15th July at 14:32 GMT, the georesearch satellite CHAMP orbits the Earth for the 57217th time, thus heralding its 10th anniversary in service. Exactly one decade ago, the satellite was set into an almost polar orbit at the head of a Russian COSMOS-rocket following a text-book launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.


15.07.2010 | Diamonds as Signposts

The source of diamonds is closely linked with processes, which take place deep in the Earth’s interior, at the core-mantle boundary at depths of approximately 2900 kilometres. The same procedures, which led to the formation of Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs), also sculpted the areas in the cores of the continents, in which today the richest diamond deposits of the world are found. That is a result of the investigation of Kimberlite rocks, presented by a group of scientists from Norway, South Africa, Germany and the USA in the latest volume of “Nature”.


22.06.2010 | Radar Satellite Mission TanDEM-X: how high is the Earth's surface?

From the spaceport Baikonur (Kazakhstan) the German Earth Observation Satellite, TanDEM-X, was brought into orbit at a height of 514 km on 21 June at 04:14:02 MESZ. On board: the navigational instrument TOR, developed by scientists at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. TanDEM-X will record data on the elevation of the Earth's surface with a dissolution unattained to date – thus, the TOR instrument is the technical basis, without which the mission would not be possible.


10.06.2010 | Geowissenschaftliches Gipfeltreffen Berliner und Potsdamer Forscher (only available in German)

Am Donnerstag, den 10. Juni 2010 fand die erste Mitgliederversammlung des geowissenschaftlichen Kompetenznetzwerkes Geo.X im Henry-Ford-Bau der Freien Universität Berlin statt. Unter dem Dach von Geo.X haben sich die Freie Universität, die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, die Technische Universität Berlin, das Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, die Universität Potsdam und das Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ mit dem Ziel zusammengeschlossen, diese europaweit größte regionale Kompetenz in den Geowissenschaften zu bündeln.


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.

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