Detailed information about the course
General Alpine Geology in the Engadine
3–10 July 2022
|Responsable de l'activité||
Dr. Anna Rauch, Cartogrip ScRL, Sent
Dr. Anna Rauch, consultante indépendante en géologie alpine et cartographie géologique, 7554 Sent
The aim of this course is to transmit to the PhD-students a general, yet rigorous and advanced overview of the alpine geology. It contains aspects of tectonics, geodynamics, but also sedimentology, stratigraphy and metamorphism. The Lower Engadine Window (LEW) suits perfectly for this undertaking as it not only displays almost all the major units of the tectonic structure of the Alps (except of the Helvetic nappes), it also contains some spectacular outcrops, which are unique worldwide. Geodynamics - Rift: The Tasna Ocean-Continent-Transition shows the intact pre-alpine transition between the continental and the oceanic crust. Geodynamics – Ocean-spreading: Several ophiolite bodies are exposed within the LEW - serpentines, gabbros, pillow lavas. Geodynamics – orogeneses: The structure of the tectonic window illustrates the nappe stacking in the Alps in general. Deformation structures and metamorphism: A high variety of styles of deformation and metamorphism facies ranging from non-deformed to blue-shist-facies. Sedimentology/stratigraphy: Deep-sea depositional systems of the "Penninic Units" in contrast to the "Austroalpine Units": A very thick Triassic dolomite sequence followed by colourful radiolarite layers and other Jurassic (to early Cretaceous) limestone sequence. Comparison of the different basin conditions of the paleogeographic regions: Apulian Plate, European Plate and Alpine Tethys.
Aim: Transmit a general and broad overview of the alpine geology and discuss ongoing debates within the alpine geology community
Content: Aspects of tectonics, geodynamics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and metamorphism
Place: The Lower Engadine Window (LEW), the easternmost tip of Switzerland, displays almost all the major units of the tectonic structure of the Alps (except of the Helvetic nappes) and contains some spectacular outcrops, which are unique worldwide.
Course type: The course will mainly take place in the field, which means in the mountains, often between 2000 and 3000m of altitude. We will visit the outcrops by hiking! Hikes of several km of distance are planned. Please see the description for each hike below to judge the physical capacity needed to accomplish the hikes.
Logistics: Base Camp in Scuol (Grisons), from where we tackle the different hikes. We will meet directly in Scuol on Sunday, July 3rd. Participants are recommended to take the train to Scuol.
Equipment: Hiking equipment (mandatory for everybody!) – especially good mountain shoes, good rain protection, small backpack. Field equipment (for those who have it) – hammer, magnifier, acid (HCL), notebook, also field tablet, field-glasses
|Deadline for registration||27.05.2022|