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“Flügel” Course on Carbonate Microfacies


11-15 octobre 2021


Prof. Rosanna Martini, UNIGE Dr. Andres Rüggeberg, UNIFR Prof. Elias Samankassou, UNIGE Dr. Silvia Spezzaferri, UNIFR


Prof. Axel Munnecke, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany N.N., from Europe Prof. Anneleen Foubert, UNIFR Prof. Rosanna Martini, UNIGE Dr. Andres Rüggeberg, UNIFR Prof. Elias Samankassou, UNIGE Dr. Silvia Spezzaferri, UNIFR


The "Flügel" Course is an internationally renowned course in carbonate microfacies which has been running in Erlangen since 1974. It is organised by Prof. Axel Munnecke (Palaeontology department of the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) and covers a wide range of topics, and is in the form of short presentations and accompanying microscope exercises. Skills will be developed on both thin sections and loose sediments. Great emphasis is placed on recent research developments in carbonate systems (e.g., cold water carbonates, deepwater reefs, bioerosion, cold seep carbonates). Prof. Munnecke will bring a unique collection of carbonate samples from around the world. It is also possible to bring your own samples to discuss with specialists. The course will be held in English, will run for 5 days and offers 40-50% lectures and 50-60% exercises at the binocular/microscope. Following topics will be included: Fundamentals of carbonate sedimentology Carbonate classification Facies models (hot, cold and deep water) Microfacies analysis of thin sections Point counting Diagenesis Dolomite / Dolostones Thin section dyeing methods Different case studies from geological history Seep carbonates Evaporates Bioerosion It is envisaged to offer one evening where you can present and discuss your own thin section with the specialists accompanied with an Apéro. Additionally, a joint dinner with all participants is planned.


University of Fribourg




As the number of participants is restricted, early registrations will be added to a waiting list first. Please note, that at the beginning of this course a student contribution is asked to cover the costs of the textbook (CHF 50.-), however, it is envisaged to fully reimburse these costs to each student latest at the end of the year, if the budget allows it!



Deadline for registration 11.10.2021
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