Orogenic processes in the Alpine collision zone

Preface to the Special Issue of the Swiss Journal of Geosciences devoted to “Orogenic processes in the Alpine collision zone”
  • Nikolaus Froitzheim
  • Stefan M. Schmid
Conference paper
Part of the Swiss Journal of Geosciences Supplement book series (SWISSGEO, volume 3)


The papers in this issue further elaborate themes that were presented at the 8th Workshop on Alpine Geological Studies held in Davos on 10–12 October 2007. Ever since a first meeting in Grenoble that took place in 1993, a series of successor Workshops on Alpine Geological Studies has continued in a two-year rhythm: 1995 Basel, 1997 Biella — Oropa. 1999 Tübingen, 2001 Obergurgl, 2003 Sopron, 2005 Opatija. Gradually, the study area encompassed by these meetings was enlarged beyond the Alps in the strict sense. More and more contributions touched on other parts of the Alpine Collision Zone such as the Carpathians, Dinarides or Apennines. Thereby an increasing multitude of various processes leading to collisional mountain building in general could be discussed. Consequently, this present volume captures a part of that same diversity. The 8th workshop in 2007 took place with 117 participants from 14 countries.


Pannonian Basin Northern Calcareous Zircon Fission Track Adula Nappe Lepontine Dome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaus Froitzheim
    • 1
  • Stefan M. Schmid
    • 2
  1. 1.Steinmann-Institut für Geologie Mineralogie und PaläontologieUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Geologisch-Paläontologisches InstitutUniversität BaselBaselSwitzerland

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