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Monday, 19 December 2005 07:27

The TecTask Commission  of the IUGS, following the success of OUTCROPEDIA, is happy to announce an initiative entilted “Outcrop of the month” starting from July 1, 2017.

The best outcrop pictures uploaded on the OUTCROPEDIA website ( will be selected each month and the best one will be published on both Tectask website and Facebook page. The monthly winner will receive a certificate from the TecTask commission.

To participate to the selection please both send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (message object should be: “Outcrop of the month“) and upload small size pictures using OUTCROPEDIA website following these simple instructions:



  1. Login. If you haven’t done so yet, you can freely register on the website
  2. From the main  homepage ( go to the map page by clicking the “Outcropedia” link
  3. Click on the option “Add an outcrop” that is located directly below the Google Earth window
  4. Complete all details in the form (name of the outcrop, description etc.) and attach the photo of the outcrop. Text should be less than 250 words, and be preferably in english, but other languages using latin script are allowed. Make sure to not use “enter” in your text since this will prevent the outcrop from uploading properly. These must be in .jpg/.jpeg format. Avoid large images of high resolution, since this resolution cannot be displayed in GoogleMaps. A resolution of 800 X 600 Pixels at 72 dpi is sufficient.
  5. You may simply fill in the coordinates by clicking the appropriate region on the Google earth map. Coordinates of your outcrop should be in latitude-longitude for WGS84 datum, and in the form of digital degrees.
  6. After you make sure all details are filled correctly, simply click “Save”
  7. Expect to see your uploaded outcrop after one of our team members has reviewed and published your outcrop on the map.



Young researchers, PhD students and under graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.

Proposed New Committee starting 2017:

Follow a call for nominees, we are please to announce the proposed new Tectask team (pending confirmation):

Executive Committee:

Prof. Rudolfo Carosi - Torino, Italy Chair incoming (2017)
Prof. Manish Mamtani - Kharagpur, India Vice-Chair incoming (2017)
Dr. Hermann Lebit – Houston, USA Secretary General
Dr. Erique Gomez-Rivas – Aberdeen Scotland Treasurer incoming (2017)
2 Commission officers join the Executive Committee.
Prof. Alison Ord, Perth, Australia outgoing Chair (2016)
Prof. Manuel Sintubin, Leuven, Belgium outgoing Vice-Chair (2016)
Prof. Cees Passchier – Mainz, Germany outgoing Chair (2012)
Dr. Mark Jessell – Perth, Australia outgoing Vice-Chair (2012)
Prof. Bruce Hobbs - Perth, Australia
Prof. John Dewey - Davis, USA/UK
Prof. Ron Vernon - Sydney, Australia
Prof. Sudipta Sengupta - Calcuta, India
Prof. Kim Hein - South Africa
Prof. Martin Lompo - Burkina Faso
Prof. Paul Bons - Tübingen, Germany
Prof. Toru Takeshita - Hiroshima, Japan
Officers appointed in 2011:
Prof. Hemin Koyi - Uppsala, Sweden
Prof. Neil Manktelow - Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Giorgio Pennacchioni - Padova, Italy
Officers to be appointed in 2017:
3 officers have been already selected and approval of appointment will be submitted separately.
Junior Officers:
The statutes of TecTask anticipate appointment of graduate students or postgraduates as
Junior Officers and the executive committee is currently considering candidates for such a position.
Anna Chanou - University of Western Ontario, Canada
Dr. Taija Torvela, Lecturer at University of Helsinki, Finland


Abstract deadline for the International Association of Mathematical Geosciences 2017 Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia  is 17 February 2017 see



TS1.3 Folding and Fracturing of Rocks - 50 years of research since the seminal text book of JG. Ramsay at EGU 2017.

Please submit abstracts to our celebratory session on the  Folding and Fracturing of Rocks - 50 years of research since the seminal textbook of JG. Ramsay at EGU 2017.
John is hopeful that he will join us for the session and a reception associated with it. Please help us celebrate research in the folding and fracturing and rocks.
We encourage contributions on all aspects of brittle and ductile deformation of rocks and their implications for crustal processes. The session will show how the subject area has evolved over the past 50 years, celebrating the progress and understanding that has been made. In particular we want to focus on how we explore the concepts and challenges introduced by John Ramsay 50 years ago today.
So even if you aren’t “young” enough to have seen the impact of John’s text book at the time and need to dig back into the archive to look at it of the first time, your views, thoughts and research are most welcome in this celebratory session.
Clare Bond, Rob Butler, Hermann Lebit, and Richard Lisle
Conveners of session TS1.3 Folding and Fracturing of Rocks - 50 years of research since the seminal text book of JG. Ramsay at EGU 2017.

IUGS Tectask Henk Zwart Award nominations now open

The mission of the Henk Zwart Award is to further and promote research in structural geology and tectonics in any of its fields.

IUGS TecTask will award the 2nd Henk Zwart Award at the 35th International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August - 4 September 2016.

Nominees can be any scientifically recognized person who has shown through publication record and actions to have promoted structural geology. A nominated scientist should have made an outstanding contribution in elevating science in structural geology, and demonstrated excellence in structural geology, exemplified by the development of new fields and techniques.

for further information see this link

Masterclass Microtectonics by Prof. Cees Passchier



At regular intervals, we organize a 4 day practical Masterclass in Microtectonics at the University of Mainz. The course is intended for graduate students, postdocs and professionals who wish to learn about the deformation of rocks on the microscopic scale, and how microstructures visible in thin sections can be interpreted in terms of deformation mechanisms. The course is based on the book “Microtectonics" by Passchier and Trouw (2005).

Participants can buy the microtectonics book with a special discount.

Next class:

The next course will take place at February 13th - 16th, 2017.

For registration please contact Anja Boehm ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or visit our homepage (

Please register up until February 1st, 2017.


The course fees are set at 300 Euros for graduate students. Fees for participants from industry depend on the level of consultancy required during the course and are available on request.


It is possible to bring your own thin sections to the course: we will try to discuss their content with some private advice.

Catering and lodging

We organize drinks and coffee during the course. Accommodation has to be organized by the participants themselves: we can provide a list of hotels and pensions.


The course treats all aspects of microstructures visible in thin sections, and gives information on other possible means to study microstructures such as electron microscopy and tomography.  Topics treated during the course are:

• What is a microstructure

• Flow and deformation

• Intracrystalline deformation

• Foliations and lineations

• Shear zones:

• Veins and fringes

• Porphyroblasts

• Metamorphic reaction rims

• Brittle faults and brittle fault rocks


Further information can be found at


Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 06:28