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Searching for the “lost nitrogen“ – Diamonds deliver insights into the chemistry of the deep Earth’s interior

Nitrogen is one of the most enigmatic elements within system Earth. No matter where in the world scientists take measurements, in the atmosphere or in solid rock, everywhere they come across the “missing nitrogen“ problem: compared to other...

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GFZ misst Signale eines mutmaßlichen Kernwaffentests

03.09.2017: Das seismologische GEOFON-Messnetz hat Signale aufgezeichnet, die offenbar von einem Kernwaffentest auf dem Gebiet von Nordkorea stammen. Die Erschütterungen ereigneten sich um 5:30 Uhr (MESZ) und erreichten eine Magnitude von 6.3....

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In flooded permafrost microbes slowly awake from „ice age-hibernation“

Wide areas of sea floor in arctic shallow waters consist of permafrost. So far, little is known about how microorganisms in these soils below sea level react on increased warming. Scientists of the Helmholtz Young Investigators group MicroCene, led...

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Ten new apprentices and one student start their studies at the GFZ

For ten apprentices the year of training begins today at the GFZ. Also, a student starts with her dual course of studies, after this degree programme was successfully established last year between the GFZ and the Technical University of Brandenburg....

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Timing of floods shifts and reveals climate change impact

Climate change is abstract, however, weather events like extreme rainfalls that cause floods are very real. How are they connected? An international multi-author study led by the University of Vienna and with the participation of the GFZ now...

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Ancient Saharan dust reveals new insights into the history of the desert

The Sahara is the largest dry desert of the world and therewith the globally most intense producer of dust. This dust fertilizes the oceans and has an impact on climate evolution and terrestrial ecosystems. An international team of scientists led by...

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Weighing changes in the water storage of landscapes

System Earth is highly complex. It consists of multiple interconnected cycles. Measuring the balance of energy and mass fluxes in the environment is therefore a highly demanding task in sciences. Researchers from the GFZ section Hydrology, together...

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Highest rating for climate research and data project AtmoSat by German Science Council

AtmoSat aims at investigating the impact of chemical and physical processes in the middle atmosphere between five and hundred kilometres on regional and global climates. The joint operation of the Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) and the...

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„Blank spots“ on the map – Research cooperation on mining landscapes

In cartography, each type of landscape is assigned to a symbol. Like this, woodlands, settlements, or swamplands for example are easily identified. The new research cluster „Signaturen stark gestörter Landschaften – am Fallbeispiel von...

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Microbes in the desert – A new archive for climate science

Under extreme climatic conditions only few “witnesses” of past environmental conditions endure. Pollen, for example, serving as indicators for the composition of the vegetation of ancient times, are only conserved under very specific conditions....

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