GUtech geosciences students visit old lead-zinc mine in Germany
Muscat - A group of Omani geosciences students and their professor from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) recently visited Germany, with a tour to the old lead-zinc mine of Mechernich being the highlight.
During the two-week trip the 15 third year students visited the Eifel region, located in the western part of Germany, close to the city of Cologne. In addition, the students visited different cities like Bochum, Xanten, and Aachen, stated a press release.
“The goal was to familiarise the students with different aspects of applied geology such as the development of natural resources or the usage of ground water and subsurface water as well as natural stones in the lower Rhine district,” said Professor Dr Wilfried Bauer, associate professor at the Department of Applied Geosciences in GUtech, who organised and headed the excursion.
He added, “With a focus on the presentation of thermal springs, coal and base metal deposits as well as volcanic rocks, we gave the students an overview of topics that cannot be presented in Oman, due to its geological composition.”
The Eifel region is famous for its magnificent geology and many historical mines that were closed around 50 years ago. The group from GUtech had the chance to visit the old lead-zinc mine of Mechernich in the region.
“Despite the fact that the deposit with 125mn tonnes of ore is the largest lead resource in central Europe, mining stopped in 1957 due to very low commodity prices. Other aspects of applied geoscience like the coal mining in the Ruhr area, cold natural springs of Spa in Belgium and the hot springs of Aachen are further highlights of this trip,” said Professor Bauer.
The students attended various lectures at the Department of Geosciences at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech’s partner-university in Germany.
A number of GUtech alumni are currently studying in MSc programmes at RWTH Aachen University.