The course aims to give students a thorough introduction in the role of meteorite and comets impacts in the formation of Earth, its atmosphere and the evolution of life. The course consists of lectures, practical exercises and student-led discussions. Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in one or two poster sessions. The following subjects will be covered by the lectures:
The lecture programme will be complemented by practical exercises concerning:
We also will have two one-day excursions, one around the Ries Crater and one to the Steinheim Crater with its famous central uplift feature. We will have packed lunches at this excursion.
In the Ries Crater we will firs have a visit to the Riegel Mountain with the famous Ofnet Caves from where we have a very good view over the whole crater. Then we go to the Lindle site where we can see very instructive impact formations in a disused quarry. After a hearty lunch at the Alte Bürg inn (link https://www.jagdhausab.de/startseite) we go tho the quarry with the same name where interesting suevite structures can be found. Then we make our way to the Wallerstein rock (an artesian feature) which we an climb. After visiting some other geological sites we make our way back to Nördlingen.
In the excursion to Steinheim we will visit the Steinheim crater museum and then have a walk to field sites including the central uplift. We will also visit a place where we are able to search for shatter cones.
Participants will also have the possibility to display their own research results in two poster sessions. Dimensions and the colour of poster walls will be announced in due course.
Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre, Sweden