Mass wasting along continental margins - Field trip to the Berchtesgaden/Salzburg and Lechtal Alps

Lecturers: Karl-Heinz Baumann, Rüdiger Henrich


Volume and frequency of mass wasting events as well as the geometry of their deposits have particular implications for reservoir geology and geohazard assessment. Thus this course will provide an overview on transport and deposition processes, compositional spectrum, provenance and trigger mechanisms. Spectacular outcrops of the Northern Calcareous Alps (Berchtesgaden/Salzburg Alps and Lechtal Alps/Imst) will be studied during field trips displaying in an impressive way the complete spectrum from slides, slumps and olistholithic flows to debris flows and turbidites initiated under different plate tectonic constellations. Configurations include the transition from rifted passive margin settings during the early and middle Jurassic to an active margin with subduction and nape tectonics during the Upper Jurassic, and the Lower and Upper Cretaceous.

Course schedule: 17.7. - 24.7.17

Costs: approximately 450 € including accommodation, breakfast and students share on travel expenses.
Accommodation: double rooms, mountain cottage


Participants will gain advanced skills in describing and interpreting mass wasting deposits on variable scales with special consideration of their three dimensional aspects and their evolution in time and space.


Participants will measure up sections and draw line drawings of several of outcrops.


field trip skills


An excursion guide book will be provided for the participants.


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