The popular scientific standard work on geology in Austria, "Rocky Austria", which was last published in print in 2015, is also available online. This version is based on the printed version. Enriched by new images, especially the menu item SERVICE, where graphics are available under the item DOWNLOAD, is a novelty and should support teachers in the didactic area.
So far, only a germane version is available.
Geological maps form the most important basis for almost any geoscientific problem. The coloured display of the distribution of rock units on topographic maps accompanied by special symbols and line elements portray the orientation of these units in space. Information on rock age and composition together with the location of quarries and land slides complement the map.
Looking through a microscope is a typical activity of many geoscientists as minuscule details reveal the history of rocks. Microfossils or even smaller nannofossils represent the remains of animal or plant organisms. Micropalaeontologists use them for dating the relative age and former sedimentary environment of rocks. Information on water depth, salinity or climate at the time of deposition can thus be gained.
Economic geologists, hydrogeologists and engineering geologists representthe applied geosciences. Their task is to evaluate occurrencesof raw materials or groundwater and to assess slope stability. GBAundertakes assessments of the geo-potential of a region in the overlappingfields of resource planning, environmental protection, landuse or groundwater supply.
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In December, the Geological Survey registered ten gravitational mass movements on Austrian territory.