Project Initiative “Ries-Crater”: Drilling Erbisberg

Aims

The drilling Erbisberg is part of the project initiative “Ries-Crater”. The drilling was funded and carried out by the Geological Survey at the Bavarian Environmental Agency, The drill cores are archived in the Drill-Core Archive and Resources Analysis Centre.

Aims of the drilling are as follows:

  • Detection of post-impact hydrothermal activity in superficial deposits (travertine) and subsurface mineralizations (veins)
  • Detection of possible traces of a fossil subterranean biosphere
  • Elucidation of the structure of the crystalline ring
  • Genesis of impact melts

Location

Simplified geological map of the Ries Impact Crater with location of the Erbisberg drilling site] With permission of the Bavarian Environmental Agency, Geological Survey.


Participating Institutions


Publications / Abstracts / Poster

Arp, G., Kolepka, C., Simon, K., Karius, V., Nolte, N. & Hansen, B.T. (2013): New evidence for persistent impact-generated hydrothermal activity in the Miocene Ries impact structure, Germany. - Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48 (12) 2491-2516.


Arp, G., Blumenberg, M., Hansen, B.T., Jung, D., Kolepka, C., Lenz, O., Nolte, N., Poschlod, K., Reimer, A. & Thiel, V. (2013): Chemical and ecological evolution of the Miocene Ries impact crater lake, Germany: a re-interpretation based on the Enkingen (SUBO 18) drill core. - GSA Bulletin 125 (7-8): 1125-1145.


Arp, G., Jung, D. & Kenkmann, T. (2011): Forschungsbohrung des Bayerischen Geologischen Dienstes auf miozänem Travertinhügel des Kristallinen Ringes im Närdlinger Ries. - Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen (GMIT, September 2011) 45: 20-21.


Arp, G., Kolepka, C., Simon, K., Nolte, N., Karius, V., Jung, D. & Hansen, B. T. (2011): New evidence for impact-induced hydrothermal activity in the Miocene Ries impact crater, Germany. - International Conference “Fragile Earth”, 4.-7. September, München, Session 28 [Abstract with Programs: A41].


Jung, D., Sturm, S., Arp, G., Pohl, J. & Kenkmann T. (2011): First descriptions of two new borehole profiles from the Ries Impact Crater, Germany. - 74th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 8.-12. August 2011, London [Poster #5456]. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, vol. 46, p. A117.


Meetings

Arbeitstreffen "Bohrung Erbisberg", ZERIN, 9. May 2015, Nördlingen


COCARDE Workshop and Field Seminar 2012 “Carbonate mounds and frontier carbonate systems in hypersaline/hyperthermal environments - The Ries Natural Laboratory” 15.-19. October 2012, Nördlingen


Press releases and newspaper articles (in German)

13.05.2011 Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt: Pressemitteilung “Neue Ries-Forschungsbohrung soll Auswirkungen des Meteoriteneinschlags erhellen” http://www.lfu.bayern.de/presse/pm_detail.htm?ID=477


13.05.2011 Augsburger Allgemeine “Das Ries - bizarr wie der Monolake” http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/noerdlingen/Das-Ries-bizarr-wie-der-Monolake-id15074771.html


08.09.2011 Spiegel Online “Meteoriteneinschlag bei Nördlingen. Geologen ergründen Europas Urkatastrophe” http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,772160,00.html


Koordination (Dietmar Jung, Gernot Arp) [Passwort]

Erbisberg Drilling Data

Erbisberg Drilling Field Images

Erbisberg Drilling Core Images