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Field Trip E1

Geology along the TRANSALP Line, Part 1:
Tauern Window


Departure: Sun. 21 Aug., 08.00 LMU Geology building, main entrance,
Luisenstr. 37, München
Return: Sat. 27 Aug., ~ 18.00 h
Cost: 446 €; maximum: 25 participants.
AWG members who send an email to with their name and AWG membership number will pay a reduced fee (346 €). You also need to tick the reduced price box when registering for the trip. Please send the email just before or just after you register.
Included: lodging, breakfast, gondolas
Not Included: lunch, dinner, drinks, sleeping bag or bag liner (a sleeping-bag liner is mandatory in the mountain huts)
USA National Parks Rating: Strenuous. DAV Rating: Bergtour / Mountaineering.
Whole day walks in rugged and steep Alpine terrain and ascents/descents of 800 m elevation difference (~ 2500 feet) are included. Peak altitudes reach 2750 m (9000 feet). Overnight stays up to 2500 m (8200 feet).

Bernd Lammerer, University of Munich (LMU)
Jane Selverstone, University of New Mexico
Gerhard Franz, Technical University Berlin

Field Trip E1
The area of the Pfitscher Joch (day 6) in the Tauern window with oceanic units in the background. The Pfitscher Joch house (2276m, lower right) is situated on metamorphic Permian playa sediments which were once deposited on the European plate.

The TRANSALP project (1998 -2001) included various geological and geophysical surveys along a straight transect through the Alps between Munich and Venice. The three excursions run roughly along this line and cover the Eastern Alps where they are best studied.

The first excursion leads into the very center of the Eastern Alps — the Tauern Window. Here, the metamorphosed basement and cover rocks of the European plate are exposed beneath the nappes of the Alpine Tethys Ocean (Penninic nappes) and the basal parts of the Adriatic plate (Austroalpine nappes).

The excursion will provide insight into the intrusive and metamorphic development of the European plate its complex tectonic structures of nappe stacking, folding, refolding, and backfolding, and also its palaeo-geographic history. The exhumation history will be discussed, including the enigmatic east — west extension that facilitated its internal stacking and uplift.

The famous "garbenschiefer" will be visited in the Berliner Hütte area in an Early Variscan coloured mélange zone (Greiner Schists). The Alpine duplex structure in the Tauern window and the late Variscan horst — graben tectonics will be discussed in the Hintertux area and the Tauern window uplift and the ductile internal deformation in the Brenner and Pfitscher Joch areas.

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