The two weeks of the excursion were divided thematically:
In the first week, numerous raw material geological sites in Hungary and Slovakia were studied. Among others, former as well as active deposits, processing industries and areas under prospecting were visited.
In the second week, the tectonics and the regional geological structure of the Western Carpathians were discussed. The different units and their geodynamic development were treated at numerous outcrops across Slovakia.
The students would like to thank Prof. Dr. Juraj Majzlan, Prof. Dr. Kamil Ustaszewski, Prof. Dr. Dušan Plašienka (University of Bratislava) and Prof. Dr. Georg Büchel for the organization. In particular, the students would like to thank GFG Jena and other sponsors for their financial support.
The last two days of the first week were devoted to ore deposits. Near Banská Štiavnica and Banská Belá outcrops of neovolcanites were visited. The visit of several localities around Kremnica followed. A tunnel was entered, an open pit was visited and an outcrop of a rhyolite dome was studied. As a conclusion of the first excursion week a former copper ore deposit was visited in Ľubietová. The mine is visited by many mineral collectors, as very beautiful malachite specimens can be found here. This was followed by a visit to a dump of a gold ore deposit in the Low Tatras and an outcrop of melaphyres near Banská Bystrica.
The last two days of the excursion were spent visiting outcrops of the Pieniny Cliff Belt, which is the boundary between the Central and Outer Western Carpathians. The cliff belt is the relic of the subduction of the Piedmont-Liguria Ocean, which is also called the Pieniny Ocean here. The belt is divided into several tectonic units, most of which are composed of deformed Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments.