As I write these lines, only few days are left until this year`s ABC/J fieldtrip to Oman. The vacuum between the last blog post and the beginning of our journey clearly wants to be filled, so if you don`t mind I will write about Oman a little more and about our team and about myself. And maybe, if you`ll let me, I will tease our participants a little – since they are in for a real treat and I couldn`t live with the possibility that some of them might not fully realise that.
What was initially intended as an “advertising measure” to make the Geoverbund better known among students has since developed into a real flagship for the joint geoscientific network of RWTH Aachen University, Bonn University, Cologne University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. There is hardly any other place on Earth where, thanks to the arid climate and the lack of soil coverage, such first class outcrops (this is what the geologist calls places where the rock is visibly exposed) can be observed. Where else can you go for a walk on the so-called “Moho“? A boundary layer that marks the transition from the Earth’s crust to the Earth’s mantle and that usually lies several kilometres deep inside the Earth?