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Drilling Overdeepened Alpine Valleys

Project Acronym: DOVE | State: Operational Phase | Expedition ID: 5068

Formerly-glaciated areas are often characterized by deeply incised structures, often filled by Quaternary deposits. These buried troughs and valleys were formed by glacial overdeepening, likely caused by pressurized subglacial meltwater below warm-based glaciers. The overarching goal will be to date the age and extent of past glaciations. Results of this drilling campaign, supported by new dating technologies, will further provide critical data on 'how' and 'at which rate' glacial erosion affects such mountain ranges and their foreland. These processes are also of fundamental importance for evaluating the safety of radioactive waste disposal sites, which are planned in areas of former glaciations.

Keywords: Europe, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, European Alps, Glacial-interglacial Cycles, Landscape Evolution, Paleoclimate, Water

Project Details

Project Location

Project Timeline

Sampling Party

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Drilling Site 2 - Basadingen

25 May - 12 October 2021

Drilling Site 1 - Tannwald

12 April - 11 November 2021

Full Proposal Approved

First Full Proposal Submitted

Workshop Held

3-5 April 2013 in Como and Valtellina, Italy

Workshop Proposal Approved

News (random): DOVE: 2021-08-24


We are slowly making our way through the very


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We are slowly making our way through the very hard and compacted gravels in the uppermost part of the Tannwald Basin. Drilling is hampered by big clasts, which are hard to hammer through, but we are already at a depth of 10 m and making slow but steady progress.