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Here you will find a wide variety of content on the subject of geology (in the broadest sense). Things that have accumulated, that have reappeared, links, etc.
The content may be expanded by additional contributions in a casual sequence.

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Minetosh the geologist

PhD-Thesis on flysch and provenance study

Schäfer, Jürgen (1996): Mikrosondenuntersuchungen an Geröllen und detritischen Mineralen im Flysch des Saxothuringikums: Ein Beitrag zur Exhumierungsgeschichte des Liefergebietes. – Inaugural dissertation to obtain a doctorate in natural sciences from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Department of Geosciences and Geography), Giessen, March 1996; 176 p.; German with an English and French summary.
Microprobe investigations on pebbles and detritic minerals in the Flysch of the Saxothuringian: A contribution to the exhumation history of the provenance area.

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Number of downloads: 891

You may also load the abstracts only:
Zusammenfassung (German)
Number of downloads: 391

Abstract (English)
Number of downloads: 454

Résumé (French)
Number of downloads: 479

Some pictures from the Flysch

greywackes greywackes2 greywackes3 greywackes allochthonous Olistholith Minerals in the flysch

1) Autochthonous greywackes (Lower Carboniferous)

2) Greywackes interbedded with shales with silty layers

3) Greywackes interbedded with shales

4) Allochthonous Flysch (Wildflysch)

5) Olistolith in the allochthonous saxothuringian flysch

6) Important minerals in the saxothuringian flysch

Papers based on diploma- and phD-thesis

What does a geologist need?

Some people probably ask themselves this question sometimes ...
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Science Cartoons

cartoon1 cartoon2 cartoon3 cartoon4 cartoon5 cartoon6 cartoon7 cartoon8 cartoon9

1) Continental drifters

2) Pure energy

3) Rock & Roll

4) In the Wild West 1

5) Heavy Metal

6) Nobody's fault

7) Just gained a publication

8) In the Wild West 2

9) Radioactive Isopopes


Cartoon No. 3 is from the homepage of the James River Park System in Richmont, Virginia, USA.
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All other cartoons are by Nick D Kim and come from the "Strange Matter science cartoon archive", which is unfortunately no longer online.
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A somewhat different periodic table of the elements

The following periodic table of the elements shows the finiteness of the natural reserves of important elements.

You can also download this periodic table as a PDF: Load PDF ...

The periodic table is also available in other languages at the European Chemical Society.

Below is a list of links to some interesting sites

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R project

R is a free language and extendable environment for statistical computing and graphics.


The GeoChemical Data ToolKIT, or in short GCDkit, is a system for handling and recalculation of whole-rock analyses from igneous rocks. It is written in R (see above).

Visible Geology

Visible Geology allows you to create geologic block diagrams in three-dimensions in your browser. You can add geologic beds, folds, dikes, faults, and titling events and then explore your geology on different topographies. You can create cross-sections and boreholes in seconds, and explore data on an interactive stereonet.


Software for thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria in magmatic systems


A variety of documents, images, software for various machines (computer), and interactive Web resources are available here.


The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Heavens Above

If you ever want to know where the ISS is right now: Heavens-Above is a non-profit website dedicated to helping people observe and track satellites orbiting the Earth without the need for optical equipment. It provides detailed star charts showing the trajectory of the satellites against the background of the stars as seen during a pass. Special attention is paid to the ISS and Starlink satellites, but there is much more.

The geoscientist ternary diagram

Discovered in a journal: A triangle chart used to classify geoscientists.
And if you want to know what kind of geoscientist you are (would be), then make the
Geoscientist Classification Test..


Drawn from an original by Emily Chin. In: Harrison, Richard (2020): Fluids and the field. – ELEMENTS, December 2020: 367; DOI: 10.2138/gselements.16.6.367