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Impact events in Europe Impaktereignisse in Europa

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Europe has a rich heritage of meteorite impact structures of varied size, ranging from some metres to several tens of kilometres, and geologic age, from the Proterozoic to the Quaternary. The Ries-Steinheim event in Southern Germany is considered a prime example of a double impact system and has produced two of the best-preserved complex impact structures worldwide. This summary briefly reviews the proven impact structures in Germany, France, Eastern Europe including the Baltic countries, Finland, Sweden and Norway, as well as impact ejecta deposits in Scotland and elsewhere, and presents the recent developments in European impact crater research.

Europa bietet ein reiches Erbe an Impaktstrukturen von unterschiedlichster Größe, im Bereich einiger Meter bis hin zu mehreren zehner Kilometern, und unterschiedlichsten geologischen Altern, vom Proterozoikum bis ins Quartär. Das Ries-Steinheim-Ereignis in Süddeutschland gilt als Paradebeispiel für einen Doppeleinschlag und hat zwei der weltweit am besten erhaltenen komplexen Impaktkrater hinterlassen. In dieser Zusammenschau werden die Impaktstrukturen in Deutschland, Frankreich, Osteuropa und den Baltischen Staaten, in Finnland, Schweden und Norwegen sowie Impaktaus- wurfmassen in Schottland und anderenorts kurz vorgestellt und neueste Ergebnisse in der europäischen Impaktkraterforschung präsentiert.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2013

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  • Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (ZDGG) is an international peer reviewed journal that accepts papers on research and applied topics in the Earth Sciences. It is published online and in print. One volume, consisting of four issues is published annually. The journal is continously published by the German Geological Society since its foundation in 1848. It was relaunched in 2005.

    ZDGG invites the submission of English, German and French language papers from all fields of geology, hydrogeology, paleontology, tectonics, sedimentology, engineering geology and of course environmental geology to name a few. The editors of ZDGG also invite suggestions for thematic issues.
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