GeoPlaNet Analogue Field School - Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Solar System 23th September-1st October 2019 – Pyrenees (France/Spain)

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   Fluids play a central role in the internal and external evolution of many solid bodies of the Solar System. They interact with planetary rocks and ices in terms of composition (magmatism, metamorphism, metasomatism, hydrothermalism, weathering) and shape (deformation, erosion, sedimentation). The third GeoPlaNet international thematic school, organised by the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique (LPG, Nantes, France) in collaboration with its GeoPlaNet partners, will focus on observations and interpretations of spectacular and particularly instructive terrestrial analogues of these interactions.

   The field school will be a traveling excursion on selected geological sites of planetary interest in the Pyrenees mountain range and at its borders, associated with analyses of satellite imagery and digital topography. Attendees involved in the geological interpretation of data acquired by planetary exploration instruments will thus gain field experience and knowledge on the processes, products and observable geological signatures of fluid-rock interactions in the Solar System.

Processes: Magmatism, Metamorphism, Metasomatism, Hydrothermalism, Weathering, Deformation, Erosion, Sedimentation

Disciplines: Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology, Geomorphology, Pedology, Hydrogeology


Program: will be transmitted by 30th April 2019. Field leaders will be Earth and Planetary scientists from the LPG and the GeoPlaNet consortium.

Open to: 30 French and international Master students, PhD students and young researchers with a background in geosciences and/or in planetary science. 16 places are reserved for participants from the GeoPlaNet Consortium.

Location: French and Spanish Pyrenees (departure/return possible from two meeting points : Nantes and Bordeaux).

Transportation, accommodation and food: as this will be a traveling excursion, we will overnight at different places. Accommodations, transports and meals (except lunch) during the trip will be booked and paid by GeoPlaNet for all participants.

Path: accessing some of the geological sites will need walking on pedestrian mountain trails (30 min to 6 hours, elevation gains up to 600 m). Reasonable hiking skills and equipments are therefore required.

No registration fee is required… thanks to our sponsors : Région Pays de la Loire, Université de Nantes, CNRS, Programme National de Planétologie (CNRS-INSU) and Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers Nantes-Atlantique !

Travel costs to/from either of the two planned meeting points (Nantes and Bordeaux), and pre- and post-excursion accommodations, must be supported by the participants or their respective laboratories. A certain number of travel grants are available for members of the GeoPlaNet consortium. Well-argued grant requests must be addressed to before 8th of July.


To register, please fill in the following Google form before 8th of July 2019:

Registration confirmations will be communicated on 15th of July 2019 according to the maximum number of available places. GeoPlaNet members will be given priority.

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