Mountain belts: Structure and evolution

Leader: Prof. Christoph von Hagke


We study the structures and processes related to the evolution of mountain belts and their associated foreland basins. We aim at a synthesis/an integration of processes operating at various depths from the Earth’s surface to the mantle. Such processes have a bearing on the evolution of natural resources, geotechnical applications, as well as the regional and global climate.
We apply a variety of tools, including field work, geochronology & low-temperature thermochronology, geochemical analyses as well as numerical and analogue modelling.



FB-4D    Foreland basin evolution records the effects of plate reorganization, surface evolution and crustal deformation on mountain building

SANDS  Single Grain Age Distribution in Thermochronological Samples

LUNAR  The Last Pulse – dating the youngest deformation in the Alps with ESR thermochronometry



S-to-C   From Subduction to Collision

Influence of climate and erodibility on mountain building processes.

TRIANGLE Constraining Geometric Uncertainty of Triangle Structures

Shale Mechanics

FiR     Fluids in Rocks

BoDy Boudinage Dynamics: (Naxos)

Old orogens – young topography

Thermo Calabria