24 October, 2010

Book Recommendation: Lagerstätten und Bergbau im Schwarzwald

A few weeks ago I ordered a book about historical mining in the Black Forest region in SW-Germany. The book is titled "Lagerstätten und Bergbau im Schwarzwald - Ein Führer unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglichen Bergwerke" roughly translated to "Mineral Deposits and Mining in the Black Forest". As is obvious by the title a selected number of various historical mines from the Black Forest are featured and described in terms of their history, importance and geology. All descriptions are greatly enhanced by a good number of high-quality sketches, maps and color fotographs of veins, ore or mine workings. Although primarily aimed at amateurs and mining enthusiats with no professional background the book is also a wonderful piece of work for any geologist or mining engineer in my personal opinion. It offers a short but very good overview of the existing and accessible mines. The authors (Dipl.-Geol. Dr. W. Werner and Dipl.-Ing. V. Dennert) both work for the Regional Geological Survey (LGRB) and the Board of Mines of Baden-Württemberg respectively and are experts in their fields. Dr. W. Werner used to be one of the supervisors of my diploma mapping project. I can highly recommmend this book which sadly is only available in German and can be ordered directly from the Regional Geological Survey (LGRB) for a small price. Below the cover image you will find the German descriptions taken from the website of the LGRB.
Cover with historcal mining scene from the book.

Der Schwarzwald ist nicht nur landschaftlich etwas Besonderes. Aufgrund seiner geologischen Entwicklungsgeschichte birgt er auch eine Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Bodenschätze.

Im vorliegenden Buch wird das Wissen über die Bergbaugeschichte und die Lagerstätten des Schwarzwalds zusammengefasst. Hierbei werden die Reviere, in denen Besucherbergwerke der Öffentlichkeit Einblick in den „unterirdischen Schwarzwald“ gestatten, besonders berücksichtigt. Die günstige Verteilung dieser insgesamt dreizehn Besucherbergwerke erlaubt es dem Reisenden, sie gleichsam als Trittsteine durch die vielfältige Geologie und lange Montangeschichte dieses schönen Mittelgebirges zu nutzen.

Gehen Sie mit auf eine ungewöhnliche Reise...(Source: LGRB)

23 October, 2010

Memories of Peru: Damaris - Tusuykusun

A few days ago I discovered a wonderful piece of Peruvian music thanks to a well-made documentary on German TV. It brought back a lot of great memories of my pre-professional practise in exploration and various other visits to Peru between 2005 and 2008. Peruvian geobloggers: I didn't forget about you! The song interpreted by Damaris is sung in Quechua, the local language of the Inkas, with some occasional Spanish words or sentences. The title "Tusuykusun" can be translated as "Let's dance". I thought I share. It can also be found on Youtube HERE.

19 October, 2010

Experiences from GeoDarmstadt2010

Recently, October 10th - 13th, I attended the geological congress GeoDarmstadt2010 jointly hosted by Geologische Vereinigung (GV) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (DGG). There were a number of field trips to places in Germany before, during and after the meeting. Unfortunately my private budget didn't support the idea of attending those also. Nevertheless the meeting was another interesting experience. Being more interested in economic geology and sedimentology the 2nd and 3rd day were the highlights for me. A number of session on topics and research on mineral deposits in Germany was supported by some excellent presenters. Gladly also my usuall shyness to approach people got less the longer the meeting lasted and I got the chance to actually shake hands and talk to a few reknown researchers working on sequence stratigraphy of carbonates (Wolfgang Schlager of Amsterdam University) and on strategic aspects of economic geology (Friedrich-Wilhelm Wellmer former President of the BGR). Besides meeting famous people I also made a few new contacts that might be helpful in my beginning professional career after graduation. I don't feel like stretching my hopes here that's why I will refrain from apraising these until I know something more concrete. Also, I met our fellow blogger Lutz from the well-known Geoberg Blog or Geonetzwerk. Attending the sessions on public outreach was also a rewarding experience. Our friend was active with two presentations about the aforementioned Geonetzwerk and later on about the usefullness of geoblogging which had some mixed respondses from the audience. Blogging did not reach the minds of people here, yet.

Last but not least some fotographic impressions from the meeting and Darmstadt:

 Entrance to the meeting and conference center Darmstadtium

 A part of the poster session while sessions are taking place.

 Sessions about public outreach activites and the Geonetzwerk.

 Wonderful architecture in Darmstadt right opposite the conference center.

18 October, 2010

"E&G - Quarternary Science Journal" - online and open access!

Interesting news for all you interested in quartenary science and open access! "E&G - Quarternary Science Journal" by the German Society of the Quarternary (DEUQUA) is now available online as an open access publication reaching back till the very first issues in 1951! The publication mode has recently been changed with the cooperation of GEOZON a publisher derived from an open access project of the University of Greiswald, Germany. I almost forgot to mention all of this because I totally forgot about the email I received from them a couple of weeks ago. During my visit of the GeoDarmstadt 2010 geological congress in Darmstadt - jointly hosted by Geologische Vereinigung (GV) and Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft (DGG) - I had the chance to talk to a representativ of DEUQUA and gather plenty of informative leaflets about the new publication system. Hope this is interesting for some of you out there!