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Field Trip E2

Geology along the TRANSALP Line, Part 2:
Northern Alps


Departure: Sun. 28 Aug., 8:00 (1) or 8:30 (2) Participants can depart and return at either of these locations: (1) LMU Geology building, main entrance, Luisenstr. 37, M√ľnchen (2) Weilheim Naturfreundehaus
Return: Sun. 4 Sept., ~ 14:00 (2) or ~ 15:00 (1)
Cost: 459 €; maximum: 25 participants.
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 2000 m (6500 feet).

Bernd Lammerer, University of Munich (LMU)
Alexander Heyng, University of Munich (LMU)
Reinhard Hesse, McGill University, Montreal/Canada
Hugo Ortner, University of Innsbruck

Field Trip E2
Mullion structures formed during a Cretaceous mass flow in the Muttekopf area.

The excursion to the Northern Alps covers the exciting and varied geology at the front of the Alpine orogenic wedge. The first day is dedicated to the folded foreland Molasse zone, which reflects the tectonic events of the Eastern Alps during Palaeogene and Neogene times. Another day leads to the Mesozoic base of the Molasse zone which was thrust over the Molasse (Helvetic zone); during the third day the transition to the Alpine Tethys with its turbidites (Flysch zone) will be visited. Two days will be spent in Triassic to Cretaceous rocks of the Northern Calcareous Alps. The Valepp valley offers a deep insight into the Cretaceous and Neogene structures and to the rocks deposited on the disintegrating and subsiding northern shelf of the Adriatic Plate to discuss the sedimentological and structural characteristics and, finally, the last two days are spent to study the spectacular upper Cretaceous Gosau sediments in the Muttekopf area with its unconformities, slump folds, olistholites and turbidites. Along the Inn valley the role of the Inntal fault, the Inneralpine Tertiary sediments, the Quaternary history and big landslides will also be discussed.

Gosau of Imst Web site

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