WWU Münster – Institute of Geology and Paleontology

The Münster Sedimentary Geology Working Group focusses its research in three areas. We analyse sedimentary basin fills for their facies development as products of a basin‘s tectonic setting; we apply provenance research methods to reconstruct surface process systems and sediment routing pathways; we analyse the sedimentology and preservation potential of tsunami deposits as a means to reconstruct modern and ancient tsunami hazards at basin margins. In all topics we either apply geochemical and statistical methods or conduct numerical experiments to quantify pertinent processes.

  • Currently the following research topics are covered in Münster
  • Clastic  sedimentology
  • Basin analysis, plate-tectonic evolution of sedimentary basins
  • Sedimentary petrography and geochemistry
  • Geochronology (U-Pb)
  • Geohazards, Tsunamis
  • Sedimentology and diagenesis of tsunami deposits

Analytical equipment in the field of sedimentary geology

  • Vibracoring equipment including hydraulic retrieval
  • Laboratory for processing sediments and sedimentary rocks, mineral separation
  • Grain-size analysis by sieving
  • Digital-optical grain-size analysis (PartAn 2001 F/L, AnaTec SA)  
  • Settling tube
  • Thin section lab
  • Leica DMRX polarisation microscope with camera, Binocular microscopes
  • LA-HR-ICP-MS (Element 2, Photon Machines Analyte G2)(via Institute of Mineralogy)
  • Electron microprobe JEOL 8530F (via ICEM)
  • REM JEOL 6610 (via ICEM)

Regional focus of sedimentary geology research
South America, particularly the Andes; Gulf of Alaska, Central and Western Europe, China, Indonesia, Seychelles

Study offer
B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geosciences
Grain-size analysis (sieving, settling tube, digital-optical), single grain mineral analysis (microprobe, SEM), U-Pb dating of single grains (zircon, rutile)


Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bahlburg        
Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie     
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Corrensstrasse 24
D-48149 Münster     


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Student field trip visiting Archean and modern river deposits in the White Umfolozi River Gorge, South Africa



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