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{1l} Puzzle the continents together, look for fossils, see an earthquake. All this and much more, visitors to the market of geosciences

Puzzle the continents, look for fossils, see an earthquake. All this and much more can be experienced by visitors to the earth sciences market from 5 to 8 July at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. There, the Department of Geosciences and Geography presents its diverse work within the framework of the 90th anniversary of the University.

The Frankfurt geoscientists want to communicate their research vividly and with fun. There are hands-on experiments, interesting experiments and exciting lectures. "We seek contact with the general public to present ourselves as a multidisciplinary, forward-looking, science. Not only do we work on understanding the entire Earth system, but we also try to learn from the geological past for the future, "says the action coordinator, Prof. Wolfgang Franke.

When Alfred Wegeners presented his theory on continental drift for the first time in a lecture at the Senckenberg Institute in 1912, nobody believed him. Today we know that he was right in many ways. What we know today about the turbulent history of the continents is shown by Frankfurt geologists and paleontologists. Visitors can try for themselves how Wegener got his theory or see what kind of puzzle work Europe is. At another stand, visitors can actively immerse themselves in the history of the earth, and get involved in the fascination of finding fossils: in a pile of the world-famous, fossil-rich Posidonia shale from the Swabian Alb, everyone can find fossils themselves - shells, ammonites and other living creatures from the world Jurassic period over 200 million years ago.

Stopwatch of Earth History

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The 'Stopwatch of Earth History' shows how to determine the age of rocks with extremely high accuracy. It also demonstrates how long the time is. The geophysicists inform about earthquakes and demonstrate how they are registered with the 'glass seismometer'. 'What is our planet made of?' This question involves mineralogists. What an unknown role this science plays in our everyday lives, they present at their booth. display

There are many more besides these topics: how to take aerial photos, how important carbon dioxide is, what role apple trees play in climate research, what environmental research means in the near future, why soil analysis is important, and how earth sciences are Helping archology are other topics that visitors can talk to directly with the scientists.

On Sunday, the 11th of July, the Taunus Observatory opens its doors from 10am to 4pm. On this day of the open door, meteorological and geophysical research on the Kleiner Feldberg will be presented. At the observatory, founded in 1913, the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, together with the German Weather Service and the Hessian State Office for the Environment and Geology, maintains permanent stations for weather observation and earthquake recording.

The opening hours on the B rsenplatz are as follows: Monday, 5 July 13-19 clock, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 + 7 July 11-19 clock and Thursday, 8 July 11-14 clock.

Lecture program

(University of Frankfurt am Main / GeoUnion, 21.06.2004 - Kirsten Achenbach / Research Center Oceanraender)