22–25 September 2019 | Münster | Germany

Past, Present, Future

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Theme 1: Early Earth

This theme encompasses all aspects of Earth’s pre- 3.5 Ga history from its accretion—through core formation, late veneer addition, and initial crust-mantle differentiation—to the emergence of oceans, stable continents, and conditions conducive to life. We anticipate sessions that address a wide array of early Earth topics, such as the delivery of water and other volatiles to Earth, the chemical and isotopic evolution of the main geochemical reservoirs, and the interplay between changing tectonic style and crust-forming mechanisms that gave rise to continents.


Theme 2: Structure and evolution of planetary bodies

We invite everyone working in the fields of planetology, lunar science, meteoritics, extraterrestrial mineralogy, cosmochemistry, cosmochronology, asteroidal processes to present the latest scientific results. Contributions concerning the protoplanetary disk evolution as well as observation about the properties of exoplanets, the interstellar matter or the protoplanetary disks are highly recommended and welcome.

Theme 3: Orogenesis

This theme covers all processes associated with mountain building and the evolution of orogens, including rock deformation, subduction and exhumation of rocks (and related textural, mineralogical and geochemical changes), active faulting and earthquakes, interactions between tectonics and climate, deep-crustal processes and mantle dynamics. Sessions on numerical and analogue modelling of orogenic systems and on the mechanical behaviour of active megathrust faults with comparison to fossil examples are particularly welcome.


Theme 4: Continents, oceans and global change

This theme deals with short-term events and long-term evolution of Earth's climate including observational or modelling studies on marine or terrestrial environments. We propose this theme to provide a platform for sessions dealing with global change, paleoenvironmental reconstructions and impacts on global element cycles.


Theme 5: Magmatic systems and experimental petrology

This theme will explore the geochemical cycles, dynamics, rates and timing of magmatic processes and the properties of magmatic rocks in Earth’s mantle and crust. Contributions based on geochemical, isotopic, experimental, or computational data and geochemical or petrological modeling are encouraged.


Theme 6: Metamorphic systems

This theme welcomes sessions covering all aspects of metamorphic petrology, tectonics and orogenic processes, specifically contributions focusing on the quantification of the pressure-, temperature- and time-evolution, the relationship between microstructures and P-T-t data, the role of metamorphic fluids in various tectonic settings, the importance of micro-analytical methods and modelling techniques as well as the geodynamic interpretation of metamorphic rocks.


Theme 7: Earth Surface Processes and Basin Analysis

This theme highlights the intimate linkage between sediment generation (involving processes such as weathering, erosion, faulting), the transport of sedimentary material on hillslopes and through channel systems, and the ultimate deposition of material in sedimentary basins. While surface processes can be studied in all three compartments of active systems, only sedimentary basins provide archives from which surface processes in the geological past may be deduced. We envisage this theme to provide a platform for sessions dealing with all aspects of surface processes and basin formation both at present and in Earth´s history.


Theme 8: Geosphere-biosphere-interactions

From the early Archean on, the evolution of life on Earth was strongly determined by gradually or suddenly changing abiotic conditions, from volcanic outgassing and major plate tectonic movements to ocean chemistry and sea-level changes, episodically resulting in global extinctions and radiation. On the other hand, the physiology of abundant organisms changed sedimentary and geochemical cycles, the atmosphere, geosphere and global climate. This theme shall encompass case studies, general reviews and modelling approaches that focus on the direct impact of geological processes on biotic systems and vice versa.


Theme 9: Applied and Environmental Geosciences

This theme solicits sessions dedicated to diverse fields of the environmental geosciences including Environmental Geochemistry, Water Resources, Hydrocarbon Systems, Geothermal Energy, Nuclear Waste Disposal and Natural Resources Management.


Theme 10: Catastrophic events, natural hazards and hazard mitigation

This theme combines sessions analyzing the geological, geomorphological, geomechanical and sedimentological processes connected to extreme and catastrophic events encompassing meteorite impacts, earthquakes, tsunami, floods, storms and hurricanes, submarine and subaerial mass wasting, and pyroclastic processes. Observations on event magnitudes, rates of change and recurrence intervals relevant for hazard assessment and mitigation are particularly welcome. Contributions may represent case studies of modern or ancient examples as well as theoretical, analogue and numerical considerations.


Theme 11: Mineral Physics and Mineral Chemistry

The theme covers studies of thermochemical properties, physical and chemical properties, equations of state, kinetics, and phase equilibria of minerals and mineral analogue compounds.


Theme 12: Crystallography

This theme covers all aspects of pure and applied crystallography in minerals and materials science. Contributions are invited which are related to crystal growth and synthesis, crystal structure, computational crystallography, and crystallographic methods used to characterize crystals.


Theme 13: Applied Mineralogy

The theme is covering all aspects of applied mineralogy related to inorganic-nonmetallic materials and their composites, i.e. their synthesis, properties and testing. Particular interest is paid to studies relating phase assemblages, transformations, reactions, structures and textures to properties. Materials will include ceramics, binders and single crystals. Also ongoing developments in materials characterization from both, the chemical and structural point but also complementary analysis with combined methods to gain simultaneous insights into structural and chemical properties of view will be one focus.


Theme 14: Archaeological science

The variety and complexity of cultural heritage creates the need for a broad range of mineralogical and geological analytical tools to answer questions concerning geological settings and provenance of raw materials, manufacturing processes and their end-products etc. The conservation of natural and man-made materials such as building stones, plasters, wall-paintings, metal objects, etc. are also closely related to the field of archaeomineralogy. We invite contributions to the whole field of archaeological science: archaeometry, geoarchaeology and science-based heritage conservation as well as analytical methodologies.


Theme 15: Mineral deposits and mining

We invite everyone working in the fields of Mining and Economic Geology to present the latest scientific results at the conference. Contributions focused on understanding the Earth processes that mobilize and concentrate metals in the crust, the investigation of potentials of metals and industrial minerals in primary deposits and mine residues worldwide, as well as the development of innovative concepts for exploration activities for mineral deposits, mining and ore processing are highly recommended and welcome.


Theme 16: Open sessions



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