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13.12.2017, 15:30 Uhr

Klasse für Naturwissenschaften und Medizin, 588. Sitzung

Prof. Dr. Carsten Münker, Köln: The early history of the Earth

Vortrag 1: The early history of the Earth

It is still an open question what physical and chemical conditions made Earth the only known habitable planet in the solar system, and how Earth became a habitable planet. The key events that shaped the Earth occurred during the first 500 million years of Earth history. In my talk, I will review some key events and milestones in Earth’s earliest history. This is not a trivial task, as the oldest archives of these events, namely geological samples, are significantly younger. I will therefore also highlight some state of the art tools, how modern Earth Sciences can unravel geological processes on the Early Earth.

Prof. Dr. Carsten Münker is professor for geochemistry and cosmochemistry at University of Cologne, Germany, since 2009. He has done his PhD research in the 1990s at Göttingen University and MPI Mainz and has carried out his postdoctoral research at the universities of Tasmania (Australia) and Münster (Germany), followed by a professorship for geochemistry at Bonn University. Carsten Münker’s research focuses on the application of novel isotope and trace element tools to problems in geochemistry and cosmochemistry, with an emphasis on high temperature processes. In 2015, he has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant to investigate the isotope vestige of meteorites and Earth’s oldest rocks. He also coordinates a DFG priority program on early Earth habitability.