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Field Trip E13

Natural Hazards of the Northern Alps


Departure: Thursday, 8 September 8:00 Depart/Return from LMU Geology building, main entrance
Luisenstr. 37, München
Return Sunday, 11 September ~ 17:00
Cost: € 515 (double room); € 608 (single room)
Maximum: 18 participants
Included: Entrance fees, lodging, breakfast
USA National Parks Rating: Easy.
DAV Rating: Bergwanderung leicht / Easy mountain hike.

Kurosch Thuro, Technische Universität München

Field Trip E13
Köfels rock slide back scarp.

The remnants of natural hazards can be seen in various places in the Northern Alps. In our four day field trip we will take a round course from Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Kufstein and back again.

On the first day we will follow a route entering the Alps at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The first hike will be in the famous "Partnachklamm" (Partnach Canyon), where steep valley walls are prone to rock fall events. In the afternoon we will visit the Eibsee landslide, one of Bavaria's largest rock fall events on the foot of the Zugspitze, the largest mountain of Germany. On the second day we will follow the road via Leermoos up the Fernpass, a famous Alpine passroad, where we take a closer look at the large Fernpass landslide and its curious runout features. Heading towards Innsbruck we will pass by the Tschirgant rock fall, where we will take a rest for the dating history and some glimpses of the rock fall debris at the valley floor. On the third day we will visit the Köfels landslide in the Ötz valley with its famous "frictionite", a superheated rock material looking like pumice at the base of the slide. On the last day we will first focus on the earthquake history of the Inntal valley, especially in Innsbruck with a visit of the ancient city center and the golden roof (Goldenes Dacherl) with some surprisingly details of ancient earthquake construction. Driving past the Eibelschrofen, we will catch a glimpse of a rock fall activated by mining in 1999 involving some 40.000 m3. The last highlight will be a modern geosensor network installed at a small landslide at the Bavarian Sudelfeld, the Aggenalm early warning system, developed by our Munich research group on natural hazards (Technische Universität München & Universität der Bundeswehr München).






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