Applied Geosciences Media Library

 

Do more research - get a realistic impression - discover academic approaches - get additional information on your subject! Here are our recommendations in the Applied Geosciences course of study:

 

Applied Geosciences at RWTH Aachen

 
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Outdoor Work During Geology Studies

Methodological skills are taught right from the beginning in RWTH Aachen geoscience studies. Practical experiences on sites and outdoor tutorials prepare students for the use of the most modern investigative methods later in their careers. They are conducted near Aachen (for example in the Eifel), and later on sites further away. You can find current and post outdoor projects on the Teaching and Research Area for Neotectonics and Georisks website. A film on sediment analysis on Lake Ohrid shows how Bachelor students gather data outdoors, in order to evaluate it later in their final papers and projects.

 
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Structural Geology Lecture

Geological deformations to Aachen printen?

Not possible? Yes it is!

A glance in a Bachelor lecture by Aachen Professor Janos Urai on structural geology shows the priciples of "Bending and Breaking". Professor Urai is speaking in English.

 
 
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Metamorphic rock

As part of the lecture series “Explain it to me, RWTH!,” Leonard Kaiser from the Institute of Geology provides information about metamorphic rock.

 
 
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Manganese

As part of the lecture series “Explain it to me, RWTH!,” Mirjam Rahn from the Institute of Geology gives insight into manganese.

 
 
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Carbonates

As part of the lecture series “Explain it to me, RWTH!,” Jörg Smodej from the Institute of Geology gives insight into carbonates.

 
 
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Earthquakes

Aachen is located in a region that is susceptible to earthquakes. Over the last centuries, the city has seen a number of heavy earthquakes, and light tremors can be felt every 10 to 20 years. Professor Klaus Reicherter from the RWTH Department of Neotectonics and Natural Hazards explains why the Aachen region is subject to earthquakes quite frequently.

 
 
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Earthquakes occur

“Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do!” (Charles Francis Richter) In our series on “geo risks,” Professor Klaus Reicherter explains what exactly happens when earthquakes occur.

 
 
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Tsunamis

In our series on “geo risks,” doctoral candidate Piero Bellanova from the RWTH Department of Neotectonics and Natural Hazards talks on the topic of “tsunamis” and explains why such “harbor waves” – the English translation of the Japanese term – typically occur as a result of earthquakes.

 
 
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Sandstone

As part of the "Stone by Stone" video series, specialists from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology present different types of rock and provide insight into their specific properties and their formation history. In the first clip of the series, Dr. Strozyk talks about sandstone.

 
 
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Granite, basalt, pumice

As part of the "Stone by Stone" video series, specialists from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology present different types of rock and provide insight into their specific properties and their formation history. In the fourth clip of the series, Raphael Werner and Lukas Bahnen provide information on granite, basalt and pumice.

 
 
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Rock salt

As part of the "Stone by Stone" video series, specialists from the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology present different types of rock and provide insight into their specific properties and their formation history. In the sixth clip of the series, Dr. Frank Strozyk presents interesting facts on rock salt.

 
 

Aachen Geosciences Topics in the media

You can get to know a few aspects of Aachen geosciences in these generally comprehensive articles in German:

Water Resources and Water Management, Dr. Klaus Baier
Nicht jeden Tag Wasser für alle sieben Millionen (Aachener Zeitung), Web page www.waterandmegacities

Movement of the Earth's Crust (Geotectonics) and Georisks , Professor Klaus Rudlf Reicherter
Starkbeben-Risiko gefährdet deutsche AKW (Spiegel online)

Geothermal Energy (Geotherics), Professor Christoph Clauser
Mythos: Geothermie verursacht Erdbeben (Focus online)

Mineral Resources and Their Deposits, Professor Ralf Littke
Wie lange reicht die Kohle? (Spektrum.de)

Aachen als Karrieresprungbrett in die weite Welt (Die Welt)

 

Interesting information for bookworms

RWTH Aachen University Library also offers books on loan to prospective students. The following books are recommended for prospective students of Geosciences.

  • Press, Frank und andere: Allgemeine Geologie
  • Bahlburg, Heinrich und Breitkreuz, Christoph: Grundlagen der Geologie
  • Grotzinger, John und andere: Understanding earth
  • Markl, Gregor: Minerale und Gesteine
  • Killops, Stephen: Introduction to Organic Geochemistry
  • Reuter, Fritz: Ingenieurgeologie
 

What can I expect after finishing my degree?

Good information about professional and scientific prospects for geoscientists is available on the Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler webpage. Reliable statistics about the job market can be found in the publications on the job market for academics from the Federal Agency for Employment.