Conférence sur la géothermie: “Géothermie en Hauts-de-France” – O. LOUART – 04/12/2019
This conference is organised by the Société Géologique du Nord at the “Maison Régionale de l’Environnement et des Solidarités – MRES – 23 Rue de Gosselet, 59000 Lille, France”. FREE Entrance
Radon 2019 campaign in Belgium and more specifically in Wallonia
For more details on this campaign, you can consult:
– the website of the Federaal Agentschap voor Nucleaire Controle (FANC) / Agence fédérale de Contrôle Nucleaire (AFCN)
– the online webgis where the 2019 Radon concentrations/risk are visible throughout Wallonia
Obituary – Frans Gullentops – Prof. em. KU Leuven
Past president (1980-1981) of Société belge de Géologie / Belgische Vereniging voor Geologie, co-founding association of Geologica Belgica
Putte, 26.1.1924 – Holsbeek, 27.10.2019
Frans Gullentops on Geologica Belgica excursion to Diestian ferruginous sandstone in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, 5 June 2010.
On 27 October 2019, Frans Gullentops sadly passed away at the age of 95. From the 1950’s onwards, Frans has been an active researcher in the field of geomorphology and landscape evolution with particular emphasis on periglacial processes and landforms. Frans has studied several fluvial and aeolian deposits in Belgium through detailed sedimentological analysis, the study of palaeosoils and palaeoecology, to reconstruct the formation of the landscapes in Belgium during the Quaternary and Tertiary. Frans Gullentops has been actively involved in the Belgian Association for Quaternary Research, BELQUA. In fact, he has been one of the co-founders of BELQUA in 1968 and was the first secretary of the association with prof. Macar as president – he later also became president of BELQUA. He has been president of the National Centre for Geomorphic Research (Centre National de recherches geomorphologiques – Nationaal centrum voor geomorfologisch onderzoek) and promoted the creation of several geomorphic maps in Belgium. Frans has kept international contacts and is well known to many geoscientists who have worked on periglacial processes in the second half of the 20th century. Not only has he been involved in activities of INQUA, he also has led several international geomorphic field trips in Belgium. For several decades, Frans Gullentops has inspired many geomorphologists, geographers, geologists, quaternary scientists, with his enthusiasm and through the many ideas and theories on landscape evolution he brought up in his lectures and especially during the many field trips he organized or participated in. After his retirement in 1990, he remained active and in 2001 he published together with a few other Belgian Quaternary geoscientists an overview of the various Quaternary lithostratigraphic units in Belgium in the journal Geologica Belgica. He still participated occasionally in BELQUA field trips until 10 years ago when his physical condition no longer allowed it. Nevertheless, during occasional encounters in our institute in the last decade, he still exchanged his ideas on the formation of pingo’s in Belgium, on ice floods in Belgian river valleys, and on the meander evolution of the Semois river in the Ardennes to name just a few. He never stopped thinking as a geoscientist.
Chair, department Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven
Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lectureship Award to Prof. Veerle Cnudde (UGent)
Lecturer 2020: Professor Veerle Cnudde, Ghent University (Belgium)
More details: International Society for Porous Media: Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Lectureship Award
Title of the lecture: Unravelling pore-scale processes in geomaterials: lecture flyer
Physical, chemical and biological weathering has a constant effect on the earth’s landscape. This also impacts our building infrastructure, as stone and masonry are damaged by a combination of different processes, such as chemical attack, biological colonization, water infiltration and changes in temperature. Fluid flow, reactive transport, nucleation, dissolution, precipitation and mass transport are crucial processes occurring inside the pore system of geomaterials. To fully understand the macroscopical behavior of geomaterials in this context, their pore scale properties and processes have to be understood. The stone’s mineralogy and pore structure strongly affect key internal pore scale processes. These processes have been studied indirectly by micro- and macroscopic observations and laboratory experiments. Although this provides valuable information, the key drivers of these processes are to be studied at the pore scale. To explore these dynamic pore-scale processes, several non-destructive 3D and 4D methods are currently available. These tools provide additional important insights. Unravelling pore-scale processes in combination with pore scale modelling is an essential step towards understanding and predicting a geomaterial’s macroscopic behavior correctly.
The presentation discusses the current possibilities and challenges in non-destructive pore-scale imaging of geomaterials and how this data can be used as input for fluid flow models and their validation. Additional new developments at the synchrotron and on lab-based X-ray systems related to material characterization as well as to the understanding of pore-scale processes are discussed. Examples will be given of different experiments related to the characterization and the imaging of dynamic pore scale processes in (geo)materials.
Excursion « Seuil du Poitou »,
Vendredi 13, samedi 14 et dimanche 15 mars 2020 : excursion « Seuil du Poitou », organisée principalement par nos collègues Thierry Gaillard, Mickael Moreau, Alexandra Laurent, avec plusieurs autres intervenants.
Objet de l’excursion : Karst et sédimentation d’une plateforme carbonatée : rôle des discontinuités sédimentaires du Bajocien et du Bathonien dans la répartition des structures d’écoulements souterrains préférentiels. Ressources en eau souterraine régionales.
Au programme (prévisionnel) :
– Jour 1 (vendredi 13) : vallée de la Vienne : recalage stratigraphique du Bajocien jusqu’à Civaux. Visite d’un karst « modèle réduit » : perte-galerie–résurgence de Lussac (option) ou exposé sur la grotte préhistorique de Bois Ragot – Visite de la centrale nucléaire de Civaux
– Jour 2 (samedi 14) : Les discontinuités du Bajocien autour de Poitiers – Visite du Site expérimental de l’Université – Présentation des collections d’ammonites de Gabilly et Cariou – Visite éventuelle du karst de Seneuil et point sur les datations des eaux du karst intra bajocien
– Jour 3 (dimanche 15 au matin) : visite du réseau de Cuchon. Ce réseau, récemment découvert, est le plus grand du seuil avec 4.15 km de développement
More details: la newsletter du Comité français d’Hydrogéologie
Le P’tit Festival du Film d’Archéologie de Rochefort
LE P’TIT FESTIVAL DU FILM D’ARCHEOLOGIE DE ROCHEFORT, Mardi 26 Novembre 2019 à 19h00 au Centre Culturel des Roches – Entrée gratuite. “Néandertal, un cousin de – 176 500 ans”. Pour la 7ième édition consécutive, le P’tit Festival du Film d’Archéologie de Rochefort (PFFAR) invite le public à sa soirée de documentaires autour de l’archéologie ce mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 19h00. Un rendez-vous désormais annuel dans la programmation du Centre Culturel des Roches.
More details: P’tit Festival du film d’Archéologie de Rochefort
2019 Awarded laureate during the Master Day
Geologica Belgica is happy to inform you that Femke Augustijns (KULeuven) was awarded for a Master thesis presentation entitled “Holocene Vegetation Reconstruction of the Zwarte Beek Catchment, Campine Area (Belgium). A Pollen-based and Multivariate Statistical Approach.” More details: Master Thesis Award
MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Soils of the Tropics
Hereby I am happy to inform you that our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Soils of the Tropics is available again on EdX.org:
This online course is a fun way to get comfortable with WRB, and to see why soil classification is important in understanding landscapes, ecosystems and land use. The MOOC is a collaboration between KU Leuven, ISRIC, the JRC and FAO, with the support of the Flemish University Council for Development Cooperation and the International Union of Soil Sciences. Many contributions ware made by partners in the tropics, whom you’ll meet in the virtual excursions and case studies that are discussed in the course.
Standard participation is free of charge! If you want to pursue certificate, a small fee is required.
Kindly help us spread the word to anyone interested!
Vice-President of the SSSB
FieldTrip in the Stavelot Massif
2019 awarded Laureates of the Van den Broeck medal on the field during the GB excursion in the region of Malmedy. More details (images, videos, documents, etc) for the GB members in the hidden part [Member login zone]
from left to right in the back: Timothy Debacker, Pierre Ghysel, Frédéric Favart, Martin Laloux, Eric Lemonne, Jean-Louis Pingot, Jonathan Michel, Isabelle Bélanger, Jean-Marc Marion
from left to right in the front: Bernard Delcambre, Serge Delabby, Bernard Mottequin, Virginie Dumoulin, Céline Vanneste, Alain Herbosch, Dominique Delsate
FieldTrip in the Stavelot Massif
Please find attached the final programme of our fieldtrip in the Stavelot Massif on Friday 4th October.
We had to change the meeting place as a quarry is exceptionally inaccessible to the public. The new venue is in Malmedy, parking Moviemills.
Fifty people will attend the fieldtrip. We ask you to try to come together to have a minimum of cars. If you come alone to Malmedy, we will try to group people there.
Don’t forget your yellow jacket and your helmet: they are mandatory to enter into the quarries.
The entrance fees to the Schieferstollen underground quarry are 7 € per person. We will collect the money during lunch time. Could you try to have the exact amount?
Aurélia Hubert-Ferrari (President) & Annick Anceau (Convener)
Journée des Jeunes – Jongeren Dag of the GEOLOGICA BELGICA association
Dear members of Geologica Belgica,
We cordially invite you on Friday 18 October at Universiteit Gent:
– to the next meeting of the board of Geologica Belgica on Friday 18th of October at 12h00 (Agenda will follow)
– to participate in the Junior Day, on the same day at 14h00.
During the Master Junior Day, there will be presentations of the best master theses of the current academic year.
The date for this meeting has been fixed traditionally at the third friday of October as confirmed by one of the previous board meetings. More details are provided in the attached letters (download here the program in Fr or in Nl).
President of Geological Belgica
Program: (click here to download the pdf)
13:30-13:50 Valentin Jamart (ULiege)
Characterisation of the Kačák event (upper Eifelian) and it’s effects on paleobiodiversity.
13:50-14:10 Femke Augustijns (KUL)
Holocene Vegetation Reconstruction of the Zwarte Beek Catchment, Campine Area (Belgium). A Pollen-based and Multivariate Statistical Approach.
14:10-14:30 Jérôme Roland (ULB)
Understanding the geological history of Mars by dating martian meteorites.
14:30-14:50 Antoine Scohier (UMons)
Improving a flow meter device for long term cave dripping monitoring.
14:50-15:10 Lotte Verweirder (UGent)
Tsunamigenic potential of submarine landslides on passive margins: Case study for the Irish margin.
15:10-15:30 Sarah Robinet (ULiege)
Hypoxia during the Holocene on the NW Black Sea shelf: geochemical proxies.
15:30-15:50 Samir Mohammad (ULB)
Fractures Roughness Analysis in Luxembourg Sandstone.
15:50-16:10 Stijn Albers (UGent)
Lake sediment records of late Holocene proglacial floods from the San Lorenzo Icefield (Patagonia).
16:10-16:30 Narimane Chatar (ULiege)
Disparity of the mandible of primitive sabre-toothed felids from the Late Miocene of Batallones (Spain).
16:30-16:50 Deliberation by the jury and proclamation of the laureate
Please find here linked the PalEurAfrica2019 congress (2nd Circular) of the PalEurAfrica congress, the PalEurAfrica2019 congress (Registration Form), and the PalEurAfrica2019 congress (Abstract Template) (please return the two latter to PalEurAfrica2019@naturalsciences.be).
The Deadline for abstract submission is fixed on June 15th 2019.
As part of the PalEurAfrica network research project (www.PalEurAfrica.be), we are happy to invite you from September 10 to 13, 2019 to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) for an international symposium on the Evolution and Paleoenvironment of Early Modern Vertebrates during the Paleogene.
This symposium will gather specialists who work on macro- and micropaleontology, bio- and isotope stratigraphy, paleoenvironment, paleogeography, and geology of Paleogene vertebrate bearing sites.
This international meeting will also celebrate the memory of one of our PalEurAfrica partners, Gregg F. Gunnell (1954-2017), who died tragically and unexpectedly in the middle of his career, having made significant contributions to our understanding of Paleogene vertebrate evolutionary history.
The host committee
Impact Factors (IF) of the GEOLOGICA BELGICA journal
The 2018 impact factor are now available. The IF of Geologica Belgica is 0.879. Our IF decreases a little bit but not too much.
Hereafter you can find the evolution since 2010:
2010 = 0.645
2011 = 0.773
2012 = 1.041
2013 = 0.636
2014 = 0.782
2015 = 0.762
2016 = 0.739
2017 = 0.914
2018 = 0.879.
The 5 year impact factor is 1.082.