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Invitation to 19th International Congress on the Carboniferous and Permian


The 19th International Congress on the Carboniferous and Permian is to be held at the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, July, 29th–August, 2nd, 2019. It is a special privilege, to host the ICCP again in Central Europe, following the successful meetings in Cracow 1995 and Utrecht 2003, and forty-eight years after the meeting in Krefeld 1971, hitherto the only “Congres International du Stratigraphie et Géologie du Carbonifère” held in Germany. The event is supported by Geoverbund ABC/J.

The widened spectrum of the congress and major advances made in almost 50 years are a unique opportunity to demonstrate the scientific progress in Germany and adjacent countries of Central Europe, to put these into a global frame enabled by the presentations of established researchers and young scientists and students from all over the world, and to evaluate the results on various fieldtrips in classical and new localities. The Carboniferous and Permian of Central Europe display a multitude of facies, which might suit everybody’s interest. In the Mississippian, facies range from carbonate platform environments in Belgium and westernmost Germany to the classical basinal Kulm successions in the Rhenish Mountains and beyond, also seen during the proposed field trip to the Moravo-Silesian Zone (Czech Republic). Pennsylvanian successions contain in part coal-bearing paralic and intramontane succession. The latter continue throughout most of the Permian (“Rotliegend”), and finally are topped by the carbonate and salt deposits of the uppermost Permian “Zechstein” sea, both constituting the classical Northwest-Central European Permian.
Finally, an excellent glimpse of the Northwestern margin of the Palaeotethys will be provided by a field trip to the Carnic Alps and Karavanke in the border triangle of Austria, Italy and Slovenia. New data concern stage and substage boundaries, among those on the Devonian-Carboniferous, Viséan-Serpukhovian, and Permian-Triassic boundaries, sequence stratigraphic interpretations, refined biostratigraphic data and non-marine–marine correlations, refined facies interpretations, and spectacular Pennsylvanian-Permian fossils sites. Last but not least, the future economic potential of Carboniferous deposits after ending of coal mining in Germany and adjacent countries is of major interest and new models for the tectonic assemblage of the Variscides “in the heart of Pangaea” emerged in recent years.

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