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Field Trip E19a

Geo-Education and Geopark Implementation in the Vulkaneifel European Geopark/Vulkanland Eifel National Geopark


Departure: Thu., Sept. 01, 15:00 Koblenz main train station (Hauptbahnhof). The station is well-connected and allows easy travel directly to/from Munich or Frankfurt airport. Click here for train connections.
Return Sun., Sept. 04, ~9:00
Cost: € 437; Maximum: 30 participants
Included: Lodging and breakfast, lunch, entrance fees
Not Included: Dinner

Peter Bitschene, TW Gerolsteiner Land GmbH
Andreas Schüller, Vulkaneifel Natur- und Geopark GmbH


After arriving in the Vulkaneifel the initial site of the Vulkaneifel Geopark will be visited, i. e. Gerolstein Recreational Park with its 3 geosites "Helenenquelle" (Gerolsteiner Mineral Water), "Sidinger Drees" (Celtic and Roman worshipping of mineral water), and "Sarresdorfer Lava Flow" (youngest lava flow in Germany). The second day will bring the intraplate Eifel volcanism into focus. A visit to the Rockeskyller Kopf Volcanic Complex shows the deposits of a typical eruption sequence of an alkali basaltic Eifel volcano from the initial maar phase through the Strombolian-/Vulcanian-type explosive phase with fall and flow deposits to the final stage of lava outflow and plumbing of the lava conduits. Walking through the open pit mining area will allow finding specific minerals such as phlogopite and pyroxene, as well as upper mantle lherzolite to dunite nodules. A discussion about the pros and cons of rock and mineral collecting will follow with special emphasis on the appropriate application of geopark standards. A visit to the "M├╝hlenberg" then offers a view into the use of basaltic rocks in ancient and modern times. Caves as well as open pits with the remnants of the former milling stone industry and today's use of basaltic rocks will be visited. The next stop will show the "Gerolstein County Geo-Field" which was especially designed to bring the rock and mineral and fossil stories to the junior geologist, without falling short of showing and explaining outstanding discordant and concordant contacts between hydro-volcanic and pyro-volcanic deposits. The third day is dedicated to the famous Eifel maars to discuss their shapes, depths, deposits, and scientific and educational values, with special regard to their use as climate archives. The Holzmaar with its adjacent smaller maars display their value as climate archives and how to protect a maar and its environment. A visit in Strohn shows a 120 tons lava bomb and basaltic lava, scoria and ash deposits. After lunch in the local "Vulkanhouse" a quarry adjacent to the Pulvermaar is visited, where tuff-ring deposits rich in accidental lithics can be seen. The next stop is right on top the saddle between two maar lakes, the Weinfelder Maar and the Schalkenmehrener Maar. This is the place with the highest touristic record, and here will be shown how a geosite is equipped and maintained. The day concludes with a visit to the Wallenborn cold water geyser. The next day has an option to visit the Laacher See volcano where 12.900 years ago a VEI 6 phreato-Plinian eruption occurred, the largest ever since in central Europe.

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