Elevation model of the Alpine-Mediterranean and Himalayan area.
One of the main strengths within the research area Geodynamics and Geochemistry is the strong cooperation within the different fields of “hard rock geology” (geodynamic processes, tectonics, structural geology, petrology, geochemistry and mineralogy) as well as the methodical diversity.
Research focusses on the dynamics of the earth, processes of the formation and evolution of rocks, of deformation within the crust and mantle, and of orogenesis. Geochronological dating is an essential tool for the evaluation of geological and mineralogical process rates like, e.g., growth and transformation of minerals, formation of ore deposits due to fluid-rock interactions, the exhumation of deep-crust and mantle rocks, or displacement rates along fault zones.
Examples for wider fields of research at the institute are: