Underway in the Andes - Doctoral Students on an Excursion in Western Argentina
At the end of February, the doctoral students of the international StRATEGy Graduate College set out once again for a research expedition to the Argentine Andes. Together with their colleagues from partner universities in Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy, Mendoza and Tucumán, they are researching the tectonic, climatic and sedimentological processes that influence the formation of metallic natural resources and hydrocarbons. Their first expedition took place in the northwestern region of Argentina in 2016, and this time they are headed to the region around Mendoza and San Juan, and the geologically spectacular area around the highest mountain on the American continent: Aconcagua, which soars to almost 7000 m. The doctoral students are reporting on their findings and experiences in an online journal from February 28 to March 8.
March, 12: The unconformity
We continue southwards within the fold-and-thrust belt of the Neuquén Basin. We find a striking layer of gypsum within the “Huitrin” Formation of the Upper
March, 11: In the Wild West
We are planning a 200 km round trip around the “Cordillera del Viento” (the cordillere of the winds) and through the geology in Mapuche territory.
March, 10: Volcanoes, folds and oil
Today we continue along the fold-and-thrust belt within the Neuquén basin and further south to Chos Malal, the ancient capital of the Neuquén province.
March, 4 2017: Between two cordilleras
Sun is shining. Perfect weather to be in the field. After breakfast, we start traveling from Uspallata to Rodeo – the most northern region of our trip. We
Impressions from Western Argentina