What’s up? The Friday links (36)

Today is GeoScience Day (Geotag) at RWTH Aachen University! Organized by the Chair of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, this event will start at 9:30 am in the Couvenhalle, Aachen. Geoscience-related talks and a poster exhibition will only be some parts of the very interesting program. The Geo summer party will be started after the “Geotag” at 6:00 pm at the parking lot of the Geoscience Institute at Wüllnerstraße. Come and see! Follow the Geotag on Twitter (hashtag #GEOTAG) and Facebook, and visit the official website!


The abstract deadline for the PANAF meeting has been extended to 2 July 2012. This conference on Paleoseismology Along the North Anatolian Fault will take place from 8 – 12 October 2012 at İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, İstanbul, Turkey. This is your chance to submit an abstract! The meeting is highly specialized for paleoseismologists, so you will meet a good number of your friends and colleagues there.

The Saale loop at Ziegenrück, Germany. More interesting than the algae blossom is the huge fold behind me (not visible in the image), known as the famous Ziegenrück Fold. I will post something on that next week, probably, so keep on reading..

Citizens in Southern California are asked to participate in an earthquake detection network. This will allow scientists to more precisely estimate ground accelerations and building behaviour. They use very cheap and robust sensors, which have a detection level of M2.5. They are connected to the internet for data transmission. The sensors are free in Southern California and only $5 in any other area. Read more at the homepage: Quake-Catcher Network.


Suzanne Carbotte wrote a nice article on Columbia University’s latest research on the Cascadian Subduction Zone. They are underway with the R/V Marcus G. Langset and plan to gather seismic data and to plant ocean bottom seismometers.


David Bressan from History of Geology wrote an interesting post on the dolomites. More precisely, on the history of investigating dolostones. A great overview of how research works in a large scale and how ideas and theories need to be changed and adapted according to the latest results. Additionally, he has nice pictures from this breathtaking landscape.


A new paper has been published, which will be interesting for the paleoearthquake community:

Berberian, M., Shahmirzādic, S.M., Nokandehd, J., Djamalie, M., 2012: Archeoseismicity and environmental crises at the Sialk Mounds, Central Iranian Plateau, since the Early Neolithic. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39, 9, 2845-2858.


Alaska’s Cleveland volcano erupted last week. If you are interested in volcanoes and fascinated by their power and beauty (and who is not?), check out Erik Klemetti’s Eruption Blog.


The USGS set up a new online tool for reporting landslides. Have you seen one? Fill out the form! Read more at Dave’s Landslide Blog or visit the USGS website.

Have a nice weekend!

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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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