New Atlas of Light Pollution

A new atlas of light pollution documents the degree to which the world is illuminated by artificial skyglow. In addition to being a scourge for astronomers, bright nights also affect nocturnal organisms and the ecosystems in which they live. The “New...

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On the track of a tsunami of the colonial era

In March 1895 German and English language colonial newspapers report on a tsunami that hit the Trobriand Islands as a result of an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 to 8. The Trobriand Islands belong to Papua New Guinea in the pacific Solomon Sea. It...

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Why do intracontinental basins subside longer?

Intracontinental basins like the North German Basin, the West Siberian Basin, the Barents Sea or the Congo Basin are large depressions of the Earth’s surface. How these basins initially start to form and why they subside over hundreds of millions of...

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Personalia | Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society of London for Liane G. Benning

Today, Prof. Liane G. Benning, Head of the GFZ section Interface Geochemistry, is awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society of London. This medal is awarded biennially 'as an acknowledgement of eminent services to Geology'.

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Personalia | Three Marie Curie Individual Fellowships approved

Three early-stage researchers, Dr. Ina Neugebauer, Dr. Sven Fuchs, and Dr. Tomasz Stawski, receive a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for a funding period of 24 months. Dr. Neugebauer leaves to the University of Geneva, coming from the...

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Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2016

On 11 June 2016, 5 pm to 12 am, 74 scientific institutions in Berlin and on Potsdamer Telegrafenberg open their doors for the 16th time for the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” (Long Night of Science). The offered programme includes about 2,000...

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How earthquakes shape the landscape

When mountains form by tectonic processes, this is often accompanied by violent events: earthquakes changing the landscape. Using a new model, researchers of the GFZ, together with a colleague from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, have found...

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„Hills and valleys“ on the Baltic Sea

„Hills and valleys“ on the sea are not visible by the human eye but they are of major importance for navigation, especially in shallow waters. The variations of the sea surface are caused by the Earth’s gravity field and are known to measure up to 20...

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Report | Ancient wooden giants unveil mechanisms of climate change

Ancient trees that fell over thousands of years before present offer new insights into a dramatic phase of the Late Glacial (12,900 - 11,650 year before present). For this time period, the Kauri trees (Agathis australis) from New Zealand show...

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New age dating solves the enigma of the age of a human footprint

Whilst constructing a dam in 1969, workers discovered human footprints on the Kula volcanic field in Western Turkey. A volcanic eruption thousands of years ago had covered the ground with an ash layer that conserved the human trace. For a long time...

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Allianz Climate Risk Research Award for Nivedita Sairam

A rich source of nutrients under the Earth’s ice sheets

1000 km deep in the Earth's mantle: Conditions simulated in the laboratory for the first...

Seismic experiment in Ivrea-Verbano zone successfully completed

GFZ’s Board of Trustees appoints Niels Hovius as acting Scientific Director

Ludwig Stroink elected as IUGS-Councillor

New mineral discovered in moon meteorite

The International Training Course "Seismology and Seismic Hazard"

Severe earthquake in the Aegean Sea