GeoBerlin 2015 – Field Trips

GeoBerlin 2015  4–7 October 2015 | Annual Meeting of DGGV DMG

DYNAMIC EARTH from Alfred Wegener to today and beyond

DYNAMISCHE ERDE von Alfred Wegener bis heute und in die Zukunft

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Field Trips | Start & end: Henry Ford Building (except 1 a & 1 b: Bahnhof Zoo)

Please note:

Your field trip booking shall only be valid if both your conference and your excursion fee have been paid into the conference account in full.

In case that an excursion is overbooked, the order of registrations and payment will be decisive. If you are interested in taking part in a field trip that already is fully booked, please contact the conference secretary in order to get on the waiting list.

In case that you have to cancel your participation in a field trip, please let the conference secretary know at the soonest. There may be other conference delegates on the waiting list for this field trip.

If we have to cancel a field trip because there are too few participants, we will inform you per e-mail ASAP, and the excursion fee will be refunded fully. Reimbursements etc. will be handled on site in Berlin at the registration desk in cash. However, please note that no reimbursement can be given for cancellations later than Friday, 28 August 2015, because at this time, we already have booked the busses, etc.


01 a & b Decorative Stones in the Centre of Berlin

Gerda Schirrmeister • TU Berlin

a) Monday, 15:00-17:00 and b) Wednesday, 16:30-18:30 h • Price: € 15 (without excursion guide book)

Start & end at Bahnhof Zoo, We meet under the golden clock in the facade of the building in the direction of square Hardenbergplatz / corner street Hardenbergstraße.

min. number of participants: 15; max. number of participants: 25, by public transport and by foot

Berlin – as other cities – is unthinkable without its decorative/building stones at the facades, bridges, monuments, on streets, places, and inside buildings. In the course of history, the selection of stones used varied; it resulted from a fascinating interaction of respective technical, economical, political, cultural, and aesthetic factors. On the trip examples from various periods are shown to illustrate this interaction and to encourage a closer look at stones in home cities.


02 Classic Sites of Quaternary Geology NE of Berlin (with excursion guide book in English)

Robert Bussert • TU Berlin, Olaf Juschus • HNE Eberswalde

Sunday 4 Oct. 2014, 8:00–19:00 h • Price: € 60

by bus

The field trip will take us to classic sites of Quaternary geology and geomorphology around Eberswalde and Bad Freienwalde, NE of Berlin. We will visit Weichselian glacial landscapes and deposits, including end moraines, deformed sediments of Oligocene age, glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine sediments, as well as Eemian interglacial lacustrine sequences.


03 Cenozoic Lausitz Volcanism and its Basement (with excursion guide book in English)

Jörg Büchner • Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, Anselm Loges • TU Berlin, Gerhard Franz •  TU Berlin

Thursday, 8 Oct 2015, 7:30–20:00 h • Price: € 65

by bus

The Lausitz, at the north-western termination of the Eger rift valley, hosts a  Cenozoic volcanic field which is, compared to other volcanic fields in Europe, relatively unknown. We will lead a field trip to introduce this volcanic field in a one-day field trip near to the Czech border, show some typical occurrences of mafic and ultramafic volcanics, with interesting features such as magnesite-carbonatite inclusions in clinopyroxene or zircon megacrysts.


CANCELLED: 04 Undergrounb. Groß-Schönebeck and Ketzin: Applied geo-energy research

Ernst Huenges, Axel Liebscher • GFZ

Thursday, 8 Oct 2015, 8:00–18:00 h • Price: € 55


CANCELLED: 05 Opencast coal mine Jänschwalde  in German language

Ralf Kühner • Vattenfall, Eberhard Bönisch • Brandenburgischen Landesamt für Archäologie

Thursday, 8 Oct 2015, 7:30–18:00 h • Price: € 70


06 Ruedersdorf near Berlin: Geology and Mining (without excursion guide book)

Jördies Hofmann • Museumspark Rüdersdorf, Andreas Koszinski • CEMEX OstZement, Johannes Schröder • TU Berlin

Sunday, 4 Oct 2015, 8:30 h start, ca. 17:30 h end • Price: € 45 • Traditional miners´ lunch (cold) included

by bus

sturdy shoes and weather-proof clothes required; helmets will be provided; not for the disabled; in German & English

The 4 x 1 km sized limestone opencast mine of Ruedersdorf is a geological highlight of the Berlin/ Brandenburg region. The stratigraphic sequence from uppermost Buntsandstein to Upper Muschelkalk - representative for the Triassic of the Central European Basin – has been and is exposed by mining operations. Particularly the marine Wellenkalk and Schaumkalk as well as the marine to evaporitic Middle Muschelkalk are exposed in spectacular outcrops. In view of 750 years of mining history, the Museumspark Ruedersdorf offers interesting and rare insights into the development of exploitation, processing, and use of its mineral resources. More information


07 The Harz Mountains (with excursion guide book in German)

Carl-Heinz Friedel • Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Bernd Leiss • Geowissenschaftlichen Zentrum der Universität Göttingen (GZG)

Sunday, 4 Oct 2015, 8:00 h start, 20:00 h end • Price: € 65

by bus

sturdy shoes and weather-proof clothes required

About fifty years the geology of the Harz Mountains (eastern Rhenoherzynian) was dominated by the assumption of widely distributed sedimentary mélanges (“olistostrom model”). However, the age and extend of such rocks with their characteristic block-in-matrix fabrics remain controversial. New fabric studies have shown that (a) nearly all stratigraphic units may exhibit block-in-matrix fabric, and (b) that this fabric developed during Variscan fold-and-thrust tectonics. Fabric characteristics, composition of blocks, and biostratigraphic data suggest a tectonic origin of mélanges and broken formations. Soft-sediment deformation and syn-sedimentary sliding are apparently not involved, and rocks with sedimentary block-in-matrix fabric occur only subordinated.

During this one-day field trip to selected outcrops we will show characteristic deformation fabrics and discuss their origin in the light of these new investigations.


08 ERAM Morsleben (with excursion guide book in German)

Carl-Heinz Friedel • Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen, Sachsen-Anhalt,

Hartmut Blanke • DBE, Bernd Leiss • Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum

der Universität Göttingen (GZG)

Wednesday, 7 Oct – Thursday, start 16:00 h, 8 Oct. 2015 (overnight stay at Hotel Der Quellenhof, Bad Helmstedt), 18:00 h end

by bus • Price: € 115

You will be asked for your identity card, and for your dress & shoe size before the field trip starts.

Downhole excursion into the former salt mine Morsleben, which is now also used as a repository for radioactive waste. The salt mine offers spectacular outcrops of folded Zechstein salt strata. The stratigraphy, fabric characteristics, and especially the structural development of the Allertal salt diapir can be demonstrated excellently.


09 Geohistorical Excursion „In the footprints of Alfred Wegener - auf den Spuren von Alfred Wegener" in German language and with excursion guide book in German

Ullrich Wutzke • Berlin, Christine Martini

Thursday, 8 Oct. 2015, 8:00–19:00 h • Price: € 65

by bus

During this excursion we will follow Alfred Wegners footprints in Berlin, where he was born, and Zechlinerhütte, where his family purchased a former manor house in 1886, which they first used as vacation home and later, after the retirement of his father, moved to. On November 1, 1880, Alfred Wegener was born as the youngest of five children in a clergyman's family. His father, Richard Wegener, was a theologian and teacher of classical languages at the well-known Berlin „Gymnasium zum Grauen Kloster“. Beginning with a visit of the remnants of Alfred Wegeners house of birth, our excursion leads us to the Köllnisches Gymnasium (where he went to school and graduated as best of the grade level, to the location of the former castle of Hohenzollern dynasty  (from where he started to his 3rd and 4th Greenland expedition), to an ancient audience hall of the world famous educational institution „Urania“ where he was employed as assistant in 1902/1903 (the audience hall is today integrated in a newly built police department), and to  the latest residence of his  parents in Berlin  (Georg-Wilhelm Straße), before moving to university of Marburg. In Zechlinerhütte, near Rheinsberg we will visit the Alfred Wegener Memorial and Museum and the cementory where his parents, two brothers and sisters, his wife Else, and his first daughter Hilde were buried.


CANCELLED: 10 Eur. und Globaler Geopark Muskauer Faltenbogen/Geopark Łuk Mużakowa

Manfred Kupetz • DGGV, Jacek Kożma • Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny, Wrocław

Thursday, 8 Oct. 2015, 8:00–18:00 h • Price: € 60


11 Energiespeicher im tieferen Untergrund von Berlin und Brandenburg in German language and with excursion guide book in German

Klaus Reinhold, Vera Noack, Sascha Gast • Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

Thursday, 8 Oct. 2015, 7:45–18:00 h • Price: € 60

by bus

Der tiefere Untergrund bietet vielfältige Speichermöglichkeiten für flüssige und gasförmige Energieträger. Bei der Exkursion werden die geologischen Gegebenheiten und die Technologie von drei unterschiedlichen, im Betrieb befindlichen Untergrundspeichern vor Ort erörtert. Vorgestellt werden der Berliner Erdgasspeicher, das Energiespeichersystem im Regierungsviertel und der EWE Gasspeicher Rüdersdorf. Die geowissenschaftlich-technischen Führungen an den Standorten erfolgen unter Beteiligung der Betreiber.

Bitte beachten Sie: Für die Anmeldung zu dieser Exkursion werden wir Ihre persönlichen Daten abfragen, da man für den Exkursionspunkt „Energiespeichersystem für die Parlamentsbauten“ den Deutschen Bundestag betritt, für den besondere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen gelten.