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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.


13.04.2010 | Kyrgyz-German Research Institute remains intact after unrest

The Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (ZAIAG), founded by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, survived the serious unrest and looting in Bishkek comparably unblemished. “All that was damaged was a door during marauder attempts to enter the building on the night of the conflicts” reports Bolot Moldobekov, the Kyrgyz Co-Director of the institute. Together with the other male employees at ZAIAG he stood guard for several nights, protecting the institute against looting and destruction


15.03.2010 | Earthquake Observatory in Northern Chile to monitor the last seismic gap

German-Chilean monitoring of high-magnitude quakes 
The high-magnitude earthquake of 27.2.2010 in southern Central Chile closed one of the two remaining seismic gaps at the South American plate boundary. After the quake of Concepción, the remaining gap in the north of Chile now holds potential for a comparable strong quake and is, thus, moving more and more into the focus of attention. The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, has been monitoring this gap with the Integrated Plate Boundary Observatory (IPOC) in Chile since 2006. In a festive ceremony on March 15, the Chairman of the Board of the GFZ, Professor Reinhard Huettl, is handing over this Observatory to the Universidad de Chile with the seismological service of Chile and to the Universidad Catolica del Norte.


08.03.2010 | Earthquake in Chile - a complicated fracture

The extremely strong earthquake in Chile on 27 February this year was a complicated rupture process, as scientists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences found out. Quakes with such magnitude virtually penetrate the entire Earth’s crust. After closer analysis of the seismic waves radiated by this earthquake during the first 134 seconds after start of the rupture, the researchers came to the conclusion that only the region around the actual epicentre was active during the first minutes. In the second minute the active zone moved north towards Santiago. After that the region south of Concepción became active for a short time. This rupturing trend agrees well with the distribution of the aftershocks during the following three days, as observed by the GEOFON-measuring network of the GFZ up to 03.03.2010.

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