Research Project – RISE

RISE – the Role and Influence of Salt in the Evolution of fold and thrust belts is the name of the project led by Dr. Dan Mircea Tămaș and financed by the Executive Unit for the Financing of Higher Education, Research, Development, and Innovation (UEFISCDI).

Aerial view of the Mânzălești salt diapir and Meledic plateau (for more info, see Tămaș et al. 2021).

The scope of this project is quantifying the deformation of rocksalt and its influence on the structural evolution of fold and thrust belts. To achieve our goals, we will focus on the Romanian Carpathians and Transylvanian Basin. For more information, project updates and achievements, visit the project webpage.

Importance of analogue modelling

Last week we had a nice visit from our Geology students from the Hungarian line of study. We discussed about the surface and sub-surface data interpretation, about structural restoration and forward modelling and mainly on the importance and use of Analogue Modelling in the understanding of deformation style.

It was great fun to have them here and looking forward to the next visit.

Virtual Outcrop Interpretation

Using the Virtual Reality feature of VRGS together with the Oculus Rift S VR googles to discuss the structural and depositional features of an digital outcrop model.

Came back from the TSG Conference in Hull with new ideas and clear determination for the new year and happy to continue working on the interpretation of 3D outcrop models (using VRGS).

PS. there’s always room for a bit of fun.

On the footsteps of Ludovic Mrazec

In 2014 we set out on the footsteps of the famous geologist Ludovic Mrazec to try and understand the evolution of salt deformation in orogenic settings. His work was ground-breaking and far ahead of his time. If interested on the heritage of salt tectonics check out our paper: Understanding salt in orogenic settings: The evolution of ideas in the Romanian Carpathians