The geology of landscapes: Times, rhythms, palimpsests of the Rhenish crater

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Abstract

The Hambach mine is one of Europe’s largest and deepest open-cast coal mines. Humans have transformed the landscape to the point of giving life to a new geological era. The mine is the symbol of humanity’s power over territorial, environmental, and climatic transformations at impressive levels of scale and scope. This contribution sums up five different times of the Hambach mine landscape,
with its rhythms and palimpsests: deep geological time, historical time, the rapid anthropogenic time of excavation, the present time of transition towards new forms of energy, and finally, future time with the conversion of the crater into a lake. Time is the driving force of this place in light of the geological, anthropic, and climatic changes. The work presents a reflection on the IDEA League summer workshop held in 2022 by TU Delft in collaboration with Aachen University and Politecnico di Milano.
Original languageEnglish
Pages55-55
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventECLAS Conference 2023: Labyrinth of the World: Landscape Crossroads - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 10 Sept 202313 Sept 2023

Conference

ConferenceECLAS Conference 2023: Labyrinth of the World: Landscape Crossroads
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityBrno
Period10/09/2313/09/23

Keywords

  • water and soil landswcapes
  • geology of landscapes
  • coal landscapes
  • mine landscapes

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