GUtech geo­sciences stu­dents visit old lead-zinc mine in Ger­many

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

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.

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