• Save the date: 12th INQUA PATA Days will be held in Los Andes, Chile, 6-11 October, 2024

    The 12th international PATA Days will be held in Los Andes, Chile, 6-11 October, 2024. PATA stands for Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics, Archaeoseismology and it is the main activity of the paleoseismology community within INQUA’s TERPRO commission.

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  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Oct 2023)

    More and more papers emerge on the February, 2023 earthquakes in Turkey and the East Anatolian Fault System. Additionally, we have a database of paleoseismology studies in New Zealand (spoiler: it’s a lot!) and many more papers on paleoseismology and tectonic geomorphology. Enjoy reading!

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  • 2023 trenchiest trench photos

    The year 2023 saw devastating earthquakes occurred in Turkey-Syria and Morocco, which caused thousands of victims and heavy destruction. This post is going to have an ironic tone, but we should not forget that our duty as paleoseismologists is to provide to policymakers and society the means to take the best informed decisions.

    Usually, we do it by digging paleoseismic trenches and analyzing what they uncover. The 2023 trenchiest trench picture was posted on X (former Twitter) by Gülsen Uçarkuş, showing their trench cut into half by surface faulting following the Turkey-Syria earthquakes.

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    Trench with a view

    Paleoseismology can bring you to wonderful places:

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    The devil is in detail

    By simply looking at pictures, one can learn a ton from different styles and habits. And discover unusual expedients.

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    Shapes

    Trenches come in all sorts of sizes and shapes:

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    Trench mindfulness

    Trenching team mandatory equipment: foldable chair or any other object suitable for sitting on it and sketching the trench log.

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    Holy cow! (and other animals)

    If only the students attending my lessons were interested in my slides like these animals are in trenches…

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    Not surprising that cows are supervising trench excavations.

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    Excavator operator shout-outs

    They are often underappreciated but are a fundamental component for a good result!

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    Hand-dug trenches shout-outs

    For the bravest only:

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    If you enjoyed this post, don’t buy me a coffee – I’m already caffeine-addicted. On the contrary, please go and make your workplace a better one: be kind to your peers, don’t put pressure on the students you’re supervising or don’t stress the hell out of your supervisor!

  • New paper: Why geomorphic indices often fail in active tectonics studies

    Geomorphic indices can tell us about the tectonic activity of an area. The idea is that the landscape records the signal of active tectonics, for example in its river network, in its erosion pattern, or in its roughness. Geomorphic indices allow us to quantify this, that is, we can use standard algorithms to calculate numbers from a DEM that say ‘active’ or ‘inactive’. This is very attractive because essentially, all that is needed is a DEM and a GIS (and perhaps MATLAB). The number of papers on geomorphic indices is currently exploding, and I guess the fact that the method is so cheap and easy to apply plays a major role in that. No expensive field work, still meaningful results. But is this always true? In a new open access paper, we argue that without ground checking, probably not, at least in many cases.

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  • EDITH (From Earthquake Deformation to SHA) meeting

    TERPRO’s project EDITH (From Earthquake Deformation to SHA) is organizing its meeting for the 13th -16th November 2023 in Israel.

    Please visit this website for further information, registration and abstract submission:
    The abstract submission deadline is Sept. 30th 2023.
    Hurry up and register! 😉 presently there are still many seats available, but there is room for 50 people only.

    The organizers are waiting for your contribution for one of the 5 scheduled scientific sessions. See the detailed program here

  • New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Sep 2023)

    This month’s paper list has an usually large number of studies on active tectonics of the Balkans and southern Europe. Is this a sampling bias? Perhaps. Don’t hesitate to send recommendations if you publish something cool that you’d like to see included. Enjoy reading!

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    New papers on paleoseismology, active tectonics, and archaeoseismology (Aug 2023)

    I’m a bit late this month, so the list is a bit longer. This time we have lots of coastal and offshore studies, even a seafloor earthquake rupture! Enjoy reading.

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  • Looking for the 2023 trenchiest trench pictures

    Hey paleoseismicity nerds!

    At the wonderful Inqua meeting in Rome I saw plenty of presentations and posters with trench pictures. After the first edition in 2022, it’s time to look for the trenchiest trench pictures of 2023. Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Take a break from your too-serious-work
    2. Open the folder with all the field photos
    3. Choose the best/funniest/strangest ones
    4. Smile
    5. Post them on Twitter and tag @GingerFault or send me an email since the bird app is quickly agonizing.

    This year categories include “trench with a view”, “the devil is in detail”, “holy cow!”, “trench mindfulness” plus other random stuff which I cannot reveal right now since I still have to figure them out.

  • AGU Session S014 – Field observations, instrumental and high-resolution satellite imaging: A vision of improved active tectonics/paleoseismology hazard assessment.

    AGU has lots of interesting sessions to offer for paleoseismologists. Our colleague Pia Victor invites contributions to her session with Shreya Arora, Laurence Audin, Christie D Rowe, Alba Mar Rodriguez Padilla: Field observations, instrumental and high-resolution satellite imaging: A vision of improved active tectonics/paleoseismology hazard assessment.

     

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    2nd circular for the TERPRO INQUA summer school on Active Faults and Volcano-Tectonics

    The second circular for the TERPRO INQUA summer school on Active Faults and Volcano-Tectonics, 25-28 Sept., 2023, in Naples, Italy has been published.

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