Field Trips - Nordlinger Ries
We will possibly be visiting
the German crater complex Ries/Steinheim
which is thought to have resulted from impact
of a binary asteroid some 15 MY ago. This
would span about 3 days, after the meeting.
We originally intended that an expert (Dan Durda) would
lead this expedition, but Dan may not be available.
It is possible they have some standard tours, but
they may be suited more for the general public than
for scientists. For example, see
So we are trying to judge the level of interest
and whether it is worthwhile to try to find
another expert to guide us.
The site is about 800 km and 8 hr drive from
Poznan. We would likely rent enough cars
to make the trip from Poznan. Alternatively, one
could fly to Munich after the meeting and drive
from there (~ 150 km and 2 hr).
The train is another possibility:
For those who drove to the K/T boundary site
from Steamboat Springs after Binaries I, the
drive from Poznan to Ries/Steinheim is about
twice as far.
PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR LEVEL OF INTEREST in
such an expedition:
UPDATE 2/26: Our poll shows that there is not enough interest in the German crater trip due to the distance and extra time involved. So we have decided not to make this part of the formal activities. We'll still have the field trip to local craters on Wednesday of the meeting.
Therefore, the meeting activities will be complete at end-of-day Thursday July 15.
There may still be a small band of people interested in traveling to the binary-crater site, but we'll not make it an organized meeting effort. No promises.
But plan your air tickets accordingly.
Last update: Feb 20, 2010
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