Geology, mineralogy and geophysics are sciences that deal with the coupled processes between the different parts of the earth in different spatial and temporal dimensions, from fractions of a nanometer to thousands of kilometers.
From the smallest structures of minerals, rocks and organic (macro)molecules to the global scale, for example with the motion and dynamics of huge lithosphere plates.
In order to understand the complex interrelationships of processes that transcend scales, the geosciences have undergone a profound transformation over the last 20 years into an exact quantitative science.
Processes that occur on the earth's surface or in the earth's interior can now be mathematically modeled in many cases from the atomic to the planetary scale.
With the help of experiments, extreme conditions can be simulated up to those that prevail in the earth's core. State-of-the-art high-resolution microscopic, tomographic and spectroscopic investigation methods allow a fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationships of geomaterials.
The Institute of Geosciences (IGW) represents the merger of the disciplines geology, geophysics and mineralogy. A special feature of the IGW in Jena is the close interdisciplinary integration with chemistry, biology and physics. The research groups of the institute investigate fundamental geological and environmental processes, especially the interrelations, interactions and feedbacks between litho-, pedo-, hydro- and biosphere.
investigates the structure and history of the earth, the development of the continents and oceans, the formation and erosion of mountains and the formation of depositional spaces and sedimentary rocks. It provides the basic information for the extraction of raw materials. It has the task of securing the basis of human life - such as soil and water - in a long-term and sustainable manner.
investigates the physical properties of the earth and answers fundamental questions about the physical and thermal development of the earth and the structure of the continents. The structure of the earth is investigated with geophysical and numerical models.
studies the composition, structure and properties of natural minerals and rocks that make up the earth's crust. These investigations provide important stimuli for the development of technically significant solids such as glasses, ceramics or semi-metals and new functional materials that have become essential components in everyday life.
The range of courses de offered at the IGW includes the two bachelor and master courses of study in Earth Sciences and Biogeosciences as well as the additional specialization Applied Environmental Sciences with the degree of Bachelor of Science.
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In the geodynamic observatory Moxa, among other things, the deformations of the earth's surface and gravity field are recorded, evaluated and interpreted.
The Mineralogical Collection, founded in 1779, has a stock of about 80,000 objects and is intensively involved in research and teaching in the field of geo and biogeosciences.
The task of the Thuringian Seismic Network (TSN) is to carry out seismological monitoring in the region of Thuringia and Western Saxony.
The climate station at the University Observatory has been recording Jena weather data at the same location (almost continuously) since 1813.
The most complete regional geological collection in Thuringia has existed since 1779 and comprises about 50,000 objects. The rocks, minerals and fossils were collected since the 18th century.
Geological maps form the most important data basis for scientific, economic and technical questions, such as raw material searches, soil investigations or civil engineering projects.
The extensive and unique collection of measuring instruments for recording ground movements, which is supervised by the geophysicists of the Geodynamic Observatory Moxa and the Department of Applied Geophysics of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, is attracting worldwide attention.
Around 1900 the recording of earthquakes worldwide begins. The seismogram archive of the Department of Applied Geophysics of the Friedrich Schiller University contains records of earthquake waves from 1903 to the present day.