Under the frame of a more than 20 years long cooperation with the Geological Survey of Austria in Vienna our working group carries out geological mapping and field studies in various parts of the Northern Calcareous Alps. At present work is concentrated on compilation of the map sheet Ă–K 114 Holzgau of the official geological map series of Austria in the scale 1:50,000. The area is located in the western part of the Northern Calcareous Alps, comprising parts of the Lechtal- and AllgĂ¤u Alps. Basic mapping and field work on this sheet carried out at the scale 1:10,000 is finished including 24 maps compiled by diploma students, which were supported by funds from the Geological Survey of Austria. In addition, R. Henrich has carried out continuously over the past 15 years own field studies and mapping campaigns in complex or difficult accessible parts of the mountains. At present final corrections and improvements are undertaken and the final map is compiled for digitalisation by Alfred Gruber from the Austrian Survey. Beside this main enterprise in the last years geological mapping concentrated on a new area, i.e. on sheet Ă–K70 â€śWaidhofen an der Ybbsâ€ť located in the eastern part Northern Calcareous Alps which is constructed of comparably shallow elevated frontal mountain chains. Also here field work of master students carried out as master projects will be included in the compilation of the official geological sheet.
In addition to the geological mapping activity our group has carried out facies analysis of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous formations in the Lechtal- and AllgĂ¤u Alps as well as in the Berchtesgaden and Salzburg Alps. First publications (Henrich et al. 2014a,b; Henrich 2016) provide new results concerning the relation of synsedimentary tectonics and mass wasting events.
Beside this recently a Guide book introducing â€śNature and geology of the Hinterstein Valley in the AllgĂ¤u Alpsâ€ť (editors: RĂĽdiger Henrich, Claudia Henrich and Christoph Hieke) has been compiled for public use which appeared as a volume of the Munich publisher Pfeil series in 2014. Currently we (Claudia and RĂĽdiger Henrich, Josef Walch) have compiled a similar geologic giude book for the Lechtal Alps. The draft has been submitted to the Munich publisher Pfeil. Publication of the book is planned for 2022.