“spektrumdirekt” reports on archeoseismology

The online science magazine “spektrumdirekt” reports on the archeoseismological and paleoseismological studies in Baelo Claudia, Southern Spain. The article focusses on tsunami hazard in the Mediterranean region and the two earthquakes that devastated the Roman town of Baelo Claudia hundreds of years ago.

A YouTube video shows the LiDAR data we used to model the deformed Roman aqueduct .

The search for tsunamites in Spain and Greece (Thermaikos Gulf) by drillings, sediment analyses, and micropaleontology is illustrated with nice photos from the working area.
Read the article here!

For more information on the Baelo Claudia project and the tsunami research see the NUG website or contact Klaus Reicherter and Christoph Grützner.

Related papers Baelo Claudia:

Grützner, C., Reicherter, K., Silva, P. G. (2010): Comparing semiquantitative logic trees for
archaeoseismology and palaeoseismology: The Baelo Claudia (southern Spain) case study, in: Ancient Earthquakes, edited by Sintubin, M., Stewart, I. S., Niemi, T., Altunel, E., vol. 471 of Special Paper, pp. 129-144, Geological Society of America, doi:10.1130/2010.2471(12). Read online!

Silva, P. G., Borja, F., Zazo, C., Goy, J. L., Bardají, T., De Luque, L., Lario, J., Dabrio, C. J.
(2005): Archaeoseismic record at the ancient Roman city of Baelo Claudia (Cádiz, South Spain), Tectonophysics, 408, 129-146. Read online!

Silva, P. G., Goy, J. L., Zazo, C., Bardají, T., Lario, J., Somoza, L., De Luque, L., González-Hernández, F. M. (2006): Neotectonic fault mapping at the Gibraltar Strait Tunel area, Bolonia Bay (South Spain), Engineering Geology, 84, 31-47. Read online!

Silva, P. G., Reicherter, K., Grützner, C., Bardají, T., Lario, J., Goy, J. L., Zazo, C., Becker-
Heidmann, P. (2009): Surface and subsurface paleoseismic records at the ancient Roman city of Baelo Claudia and the Bolonia Bay area, Cádiz (South Spain), in: Palaeoseismology: Historical and Prehistorical Records of Earthquake Ground Effects for Seismic Hazard Assessment, edited by Reicherter, K., Michetti, A. M., Silva, P. G., vol. 316 of Special Publications, pp. 93-121, The Geological Society, London, doi:10.1144/SP316.6. Read online!

Related papers Tsunamis:

Reicherter, K., Papanikolaou, I., Roger, J., Mathes-Schmidt, M., Papanikolaou, D., Rössler, S., Grützner, C., Stamatis, G. (2010a): Holocene tsunamigenic sediments and tsunami modelling in the Thermaikos Gulf area (northern Greece), Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementary Issues, 54-3, 99-126, doi:10.1127/0372-8854/2010/0054S3-0021. Read online!

Reicherter, K., Vonberg, D., Koster, B., Fernández-Steeger, T., Grützner, C., Mathes-Schmidt, M. (2010: The sedimentary inventory of tsunamis along the southern Gulf of Cádiz (southwestern Spain), Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementary Issues, 54-3, 147-173, doi: 10.1127/0372-8854/2010/0054S3-0023. Read online!

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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  • Max | 2011-01-06|15:17 (UTC)

    quote from the article: “Da das Georadar in Nanosekunden reflektiert, können sogar Ungleichmäßigkeiten im Untergrund aufgedeckt werden, die weniger als zehn Zentimeter betragen. Diese technische Raffinesse ermöglichte es den Aachener Forschern, auch ein verschüttetes Aquädukt in Baelo Claudia per 3-D-Rekonstruktion wieder zum Leben zu erwecken.”

    I guess something went wrong… 🙂 I’d personally be really happy for you once you’ve created a 3D model of a buried ancient aqueduct from GPR data. or did you?

  • Andi | 2011-02-22|12:33 (UTC)

    Max, have a look at this video:

  • Andi | 2011-02-22|12:34 (UTC)


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