Basic research

Active tectonics

Digitales Höhenmodell und Gefügewerte zweier tektonisch aktiver Faltenstrukturen, Nordwestschweiz (Quelle: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2005TC001915)
Digital elevation model of two active anticlines in northwestern Switzerland. Symbols denote the bedding of Mesozoic and Tertiary sedimentary successions (source: Ustaszewski & Schmid 2007).


3D-modeling of lithosphere-scale tectonics

Taiwan Lithosphärenmaßstäbliche Darstellung
Lithosphere-scale depiction of crust-mantle boundaries under the collision zone of Taiwan. This model relies on the 3D-analysis of seismic P-wave tomography and seismicity data (source: Ustaszewski et al. 2012).


Tectonometamorphic processes

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Thin-section micrograph of a deformed garnet porphyroblast in an amphibolite-grade micaschist. The protolith of the micaschist was a pelite from a Late Cretaceous siliciclastic succession (locality: Motajica Inselberg, Bosnia and Herzegovina) (source: Ustaszewski et al. 2010).


Regional tectonics

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Present tectonic configuration of the Eastern Alps, Carpathians and Dinarides and a map-view restoration of tectonic motions during the last 20 Ma (source: Ustaszewski et al. 2008).


Intraplate Stresses

Intraplate Stresses

Post-Triassic stress field evolution in Central Europe. Structures, states of stress and other symbols complied from different sources. Abbreviations: EFS, Elbe Fault System; FL, Franconian Lineament; HM, Harz Mountains; LG, Leinetal Graben; LRG, Lower Rhine Graben; LSB, Lower Saxony Basin; TF, Thuringian Forest; URG, Upper Rhine Graben (Ref: Navabpour et al., 2017).


Applied research

Deep Geothermal energy

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Vertically exaggerated block diagram of the southern Thuringian forest and its southern foreland (Central Germany) with an interpretation of the deep structure. A planned geothermal production and injection well couple at the site Meiningen is also schematically shown (source: modified after Wagenbreth, O. und Steiner, W. 1990. Geologische Streifzüge: Landschaft und Erdgeschichte zwischen Kap Arkona und Fichtelberg, Deutscher Verlag für Grundstoffindustrie).

 

Scientific collaborations

You can find a list of our scientific collaborators here.