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Contemporary analogue of Medieval tramped floors

Fieldwork in the Eastern part of Romania was conducted within the Czech Science Foundation project Transformation of the Burgher House in the 13th Century (Brno–Prague–Wroclaw). The principal aim of the fieldwork was to describe analogies of Medieval trampled floors for a better understanding of their formation processes, maintenance and abandonment. Photo gallery.

A book on the Křivoklátsko area awarded the Miroslav Ivanov Prize for regional literature

The book Křivoklátsko – The Story of the Royal Hunting Forest, two authors of which work for the Institute of Geology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, was awared the Main regional prize for masterpieces in non-fiction literature at the recently held Book World Prague 2017 Fair. The prize is awarded by the Jaroměř-Josefov town – the birthplace of Miroslav Ivanov, the Club of Authors of Non-fiction Literature and the Administration of the Legacy of Egon Ervín Kisch.

Speleological discoveries awarded

Speleological discoveries in China (here), participated by the Institute of Geology CAS, received an award for the most important foreign discovery in 2016 at the 36th Speleoforum Meeting. Speleoforum is the annual meeting of members of the Czech Speleological Society and other cavers. Its purpose is to present results achieved during the past year. Speleoforum lasts three days and includes: (i) professional lectures in karstology, geology and other fields; (ii) lectures in practical speleology and (iii) excursions to the Moravian Karst. Together with the meeting, an annual journal “Speleoforum” is published.
Reference
Motyčka Z., Filippi M. (2017): Shaanxi 2016: První české stopy v Číně. Speleofórum 2017, roč. 36, Česká speleologická společnost - Praha. 59-69. (In Czech with English abstract)

Filip Tomek visits New Mexico Highlands University, USA for a six-month fellowship

Postdoctoral researcher Filip Tomek was awarded a grant supporting the development of international cooperation of early-career scientists by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The project includes a six-month fellowship at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Main focus of this project involves research of magma flow and emplacement beneath volcanoes on the example of the Platoro caldera (Colorado) and Cerrillos Hills radial dike complex (New Mexico). For the photos click here and here.

An improved theory of moldavite formation

A paper significantly contributed by Karel Žák, Roman Skála, Lukáš Ackerman, Jana Ďurišová and Šárka Jonášová of the Institute of Geology CAS was published in the prestigious journal of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta recently. It extends information on the origin of moldavites. For more details click here.

Fossil jellyfish? Of course not!

One of the fossil specimens presented to the students of paleontology at Charles University (Prague) for almost a century was Medusites – a putative fossil of a jellyfish (medusa). It came from the Cambrian (lowermost Palaeozoic) siltstones exposed at Skryje (central Bohemia, Czech Republic). The students were, however, given incorrect information. A recent study of the original specimen and a few remaining specimens from the vicinity of Skryje testify the affiliation to the pineapple-shaped ichnogenus (i.e. trace fossil) Astropolichnus Crimes and Anderson, 1985. A new ichnospecies Astropolichnus bohemicus is established based on the material from the Skryje area. This material is the first occurrence of Astropolichnus in the middle Cambrian.
Reference: Radek Mikuláš & Oldřich Fatka (2017): Ichnogenus Astropolichnus in the Middle Cambrian of the Barrandian area, Czech Republic. Ichnos (USA), DOI: 10.1080/10420940.2017.1292908

A new price list

A new price list for laboratories of the Institute of Geology of the CAS, v. v. i., has been released. Click here.

The brochure titled “25 years of research in the Lesní potok model catchment” (in Czech)

The Academia Publishing House presents individual research programmes within the publication edition of “Strategie AV21”. One of the programmes is the “Life Diversity and Ecosystem Health” contributed by the Institute of Geology CAS. The activities of this programme are coordinated by the Biology Center of the Czech Academy of Sciences. One of the most recent outputs of this programme was the brochure titled “25 years of research in the Lesní potok model catchment” (in Czech). The brochure is authored by Tomáš Navrátil, Jan Rohovec and Petr Skřivan.

Workshop “Potential of lithium mining in the Czech Republic and its use in advanced technologies”

Workshop “Potential of lithium mining in the Czech Republic and its use in advanced technologies” was held on October 17, 2016, within the cooperation between the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The scientific programme of the workshop was organized by Karel Breiter of the Institute of Geology CAS. Five talks given by foremost specialist of the Academy of Sciences, universities, Czech Geological Survey and mining companies covered topics ranging from geological exploration, through mining and processing of lithium in the Czech Republic, to potential use of lithium in energy storage.

Research Reports 2015

Research Reports 2015 - the annual report on scientific activities of staff of the Institute of Geology – has been newly published.

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