Geodynamics of the Polar Regions

Department of Geosciences



Stange, M., Midtkandal, I., Nystuen, J., Kuss, J., Spiegel, C., submitted. Direct response of small non-glaciated headwater catchments to Late Quaternary climate change in the Valle de la Fueva, southern Pyrennes. Geomorphology.


Zundel, M., Spiegel, C., Lisker, F., Monien, P., submitted. Exhumation history of western Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica: Insights from apatite fission track and apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He data. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Special Section Polar region geosystems.


Zundel, M., Spiegel, C., Mehling, A., Lisker, F., Hillenbrand, C-D., Monien, P., Klügel, A., submitted. Thurston Island, West Antarctica, between Gondwana subduction and continental separation: a multi-stage evolution revealed by apatite thermochronology. Tectonics.


Binnie, S., Dunai, T., Dewald, A., Heinze, S., Voronina, E., Heinm A., Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F., Hetzel, R., Christl, M., Schaller, M., Leanni, L., Aumaitre, G., Bourlès, D., Keddadouche, K., Hippe, K., Vockenhuber, C., Ivy-Ochs, S., Maden, C., Fülöp, R-H., Fink, D., Wilcken, K., Fujioka, T., Fabel, D., Freeman, S., Xu, S., Fifield, K., Akcar, N., Spiegel, C., submitted. Preliminary results of CoQtz-N: a quartz reference material for terrestrial in-situ cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al measurements. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms.


Estrada, S., Mende, K., Gerdes, A., Gärtner, A., Hofmann, M., Spiegel, C., Damaske, D., Koglin, N., in press. Proterozoic to Cretaceous evolution of the western and central Pearya Terrane (Canadian High Arctic). Journal of Geodynamics.


Dörr, N., Lisker, F., Jochmann, M., Rainer, T., Schlegel., A., Schubert, K., Spiegel, C., in press. Subsidence, rapid inversion and slow erosion of the Central Tertiary Basin of Svalbard: evidence from thermal history modeling. GSA Special Paper “Refining the Evolution of the Arctic: 25 years of Circum Arctic Structural Events”.


Rosenkranz, R., Schildgen, T., Wittmann, H., Spiegel, C., 2018. Coupling erosion and topographic development in the rainiest place on Earth: Reconstructing the Shillong Plateau uplift history with in-situ cosmogenic 10Be. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 483, 39-51.


Krohne, N., Lisker, F., Kleinschmidt, G., Klügel, A., Läufer, A., Estrada, S., Spiegel, C., 2018. The Shackleton Range (East Antarctica): an alien block at the rim of Gondwana? Geological Magazine 155/4, 841-864.


Prenzel, J., Lisker, F., Monsees, N., Balestrieri, M.L., Läufer, A., Spiegel, C., 2018. Development and inversion of the Mesozoic Victoria Basin in the Terra Nova Bay (Transantarctic Mountains) derived from thermochronological data. Gondwana Research 53, 110-128.


Spiegel, C., Lindow, J., Kamp, P., Meisel, O., Mukasa, S., Lisker, F., Kuhn, G., Gohl, K., 2016 Tectonomorphic evolution of Marie Byrd Land – Implications for Cenozoic rifting activity and onset of West Antarctic glaciation. Global and Planetary Change 145, 98-115.


Lindow, J., Kamp, P., Mukasa, S., Kleber, M., Lisker, F., Gohl, K., Kuhn, G., Spiegel, C., 2016. Exhumation history along the eastern Amundsen Sea coast, West Antarctica, revealed by low-temperature thermochronology. Tectonics 10.1002/2016TC004236.


Elling, F., Spiegel, C., Estrada, S., Davis, D., Reinhardt, L., Henjes-Kunst, F., Allroggen, N., Dohrmann, R., Piepjohn, K., Lisker, F., 2016. Origin of bentonites and detrital zircons of the Paleocene Basilika Formation, Svalbard. Frontiers in Earth Science 4; Article 73.


Kalberg, Th., Gohl, K., Eagles, G. Spiegel, C., 2015. Rift processes and crustal structure of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, West Antarctica, from 3D potential field modelling. Marine Geophysical Research 36/4, 263-279.


Reiter, W., Elfert, S., Glotzbach, C., Spiegel, C., 2015. Plio-Pleistocene evolution of the north-Alpine drainage system – New constraints from detrital thermochronology of foreland deposits. International Journal of Earth Sciences 104, 891-907.


Lisker, F., Prenzel, J., Läufer, A., Spiegel, C., 2014. Recent thermochronological research in northern Victoria Land. Polarforschung 84 (1), 59-66.


The RAISED* Consortium (RAISED = Reconstruction of Antarctic Ice Sheet Deglaciation): M. Bentley, C. Cofaigh, J. Anderson, H. Conway, B. Davies, A. Graham, C. Hillenbrand, D. Hodgson, S. Jamieson, R. Larter, A. Mackintosh, J. Smith, E. Verleyen, R. Ackert, P. Bart, S. Berg, D. Brunstein, M. Canals, E. Colhoun, X. Crosta, W. Dickens, E. Domack, J. Dowdeswell, R. Dunbar, W. Ehrmann, J.  Evans, V. Favier, D. Fink, C. Fogwill, N. Glasser, K. Gohl, N. Golledge, I. Goodwin, D. Gore, S. Greenwood, B. Hall, K. Hall, D. Hedding, A. Hein, E. Hocking, M. Jakobsson, J. Johnson, V. Jomelli, R. Jones, J. Klages, Y. Kristoffersen, G. Kuhn, A. Leventer, K. Licht, K. Lilly, J. Lindow, S. Livingstone, G. Massé, M. McGlone, R. McKay, M. Melles, H. Miura, R. Mulvaney, W. Nel, F. Nitsche, P. O’Brien, A. Post, S. Roberts, K. Saunders, P. Selkirk, A. Simms, C. Spiegel, T. Stolldorf, J. Stone, D. Sugden, N. van der Putten, T. van Ommen, D. Verfaillie, W. Vyverman, B. Wagner, D. White, A. Witus, D. Zwartz, 2014. A community-based reconstruction of Antarctic Ice Sheet deglaciation since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Science Review 100, 1-9.


Prenzel, J., Lisker, F, Elsner, M., Schöner, R., Balestrieri, M., Läufer, A., Berner, U., Spiegel, C., 2014. Burial and exhumation of the Eisenhower Range, Transantarctic Mountains, based on thermochronology, maturity and sediment petrographic constraints. Tectonophysics 630, 113-130.


Lindow, J., Castex, M., Wittmann, H., Johnson, J., Lisker, F., Gohl, K., Spiegel, C., 2014. Glacial retreat in the Amundsen Sea sector, West Antarctica – first cosmogenic evidence from central Pine Island Bay and the Kohler Range. Quaternary Science Reviews 98, 166-173.


Larter, R., Anderson, J., Graham, A., Gohl, K., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Jakobsson, M., Johnson, J., Kirshner, A., Kuhn, G., Nitsche, F., Smith, J., Bentley, M., Dowdeswell, J., Ehrmann, W., Klages, J., Lindow, J., O´Cofaigh, C., Spiegel, C., 2014. Reconstruction of changes in the Amundsen Sea and Bellingshausen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Science Reviews 100, 55-86.


Elfert, S., Reiter, W., Spiegel, C., 2013. Long-lasting tectonic activities of the Lepontine Dome. New evidence from low-temperature thermochronology. Tectonophysics 608, 222-236.


Riefstahl, F., Estrada, S., Geissler, W., Jokat, W., Stein, R., Kämpf, H., Dulski, P., Naumann, R., Spiegel, C., 2013. Provenance and characteristics of rocks from the Yermak Plateau: Petrographic, geochemical and geochronological constraints. Marine Geology 343, 125-145.


Prenzel, J., Lisker, F., Balestrieri, M.L., Läufer, A., Spiegel, C., 2013. The Eisenhower Range, Transantarctic Mountains: Evaluation of qualitative interpretation concepts of thermochronological data. Chemical Geology 352, 176-187.


Dörr, N., Clift, P., Lisker, F., Spiegel, C., 2013. Why is Svalbard an island? Evidence for two-stage uplift, magmatic underplating and mantle thermal anomalies. Tectonics 32, 473-486.


Schlegel, A., Lisker F., Dörr, N., Jochmann, M., Schubert, K., Spiegel, C., 2013. Petrography and geochemistry of siliciclastic rocks from the Central Tertiary Basin of Svalbard - Implications for provenance, tectonic setting and climate. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 164 (1), 173-186.


Reiter, W., Elfert, S., Bernet, M., Spiegel, C., 2013. Relations between denudation, glaciation and sediment deposition: implications from the Plio-Pleistocene Central Alps. Basin Research 25, 1-16.


Dörr, N., Lisker, F., Clift, P., Carter, A., Gee, D., Tebenkov, A., Spiegel, C., 2012. Late Mesozoic – Cenozoic exhumation history of northern Svalbard and its regional significance: constraints from apatite fission track analysis. Tectonophysics 514-517, 81-92.


Schlüter, J., Estrada, S., Lisker, F., Läufer, A., Kühn, R., Nitzsche, K., Spiegel, C., 2011. First petrographical description of rock occurrences in the Steingarden area, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Polarforschung 80/3, 161-172.


Glotzbach, C., van der Beek, P., Spiegel, C., 2011. Episodic exhumation of the Mont Blanc massif, Western Alps: constraints from numerical modelling of thermochronology data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 304, 417-430.


Glotzbach, C., Reinecker, J., Danisik, M., Rahn, M., Frisch, W., Spiegel, C., 2010. Thermal history of the central Gotthard and Aar massifs (European Alps): Evidence for steady state long term exhumation. Journal of Geophysical Research 115, F03017.


Danisik, M., Sachsenhofer, R., Frisch, W., Privalov, V., Panova, E., Spiegel, C., 2010. Thermotectonic evolution of the Ukrainian Donbas Foldbelt revisited: new constraints from zircon and apatite fission track data. Basin Research 22, 681-698.


Vamvaka, A., Spiegel, C., Frisch, W., Kilias, A., Danisik, M., 2010. Fission Track data from the Mesohellenic Trough and the Pelagonian Zone in NW Greece: sediment provenance and exhumation of source areas. International Geology Review 52/2-3, 223-248.


Hettmann, K., Siebel, W., Spiegel, C., Reinecker, J., 2009. Granite genesis and migmatization in the western Aar massif, Switzerland. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie – Abhandlungen 186/3, 309-320.


Glotzbach, C., Spiegel, C., Reinecker, J., Rahn, M., Frisch, W., 2009. What perturbs isotherms? An assessment using fission track thermochronology and thermal modelling along the Gotthard transect. Journal of the Geological Society of London, Special Publications 324, 111-124.


Spiegel, C., Kohn, B., Belton, D., Berner, Z., Gleadow, A., 2009. Apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology of rapidly cooled samples: the effect of He implantation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 285, 105-114.


Zattin, M., Ballestrieri, M.L., Hasebe, N., Seward, D., Sobel, E., Spiegel, C., 2008. Notes from the first workshop of the IGCP 543 (Low-temperature thermochronology: applications and interlaboratory calibration). Episodes – IUGS Journal of International Geoscience, 31/1, 356-357.


Reinecker, J., Danisik, M., Schmid, C., Glotzbach, C., Rahn, M., Frisch., W., Spiegel, C., 2008. Tectonic control on the late-stage exhumation of the Aar massif (Switzerland): constraints from apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He data. Tectonics 27, TC6009.


Glotzbach, C. Reinecker, J., Danisik, M., Rahn, M., Frisch, W., Spiegel, C., 2008. Neogene exhumation history of the Mont Blanc massif. Tectonics 27, TC4011.


Danisik, M, Sachsenhofer, R., Privalov, V., Panova, E., Frisch, W., Spiegel, C., 2008. Low-temperature thermal evolution of the Azov Massif (Ukrainian Shield, Ukraine) – Implications for interpreting (U-Th)/He and fission track ages from cratons. Tectonophysics 456, 171-179.


Damaske, D., Läufer, A., Goldmann, F., Möller, H.-D. & Lisker, F. (2007): Magnetic anomalies north-east of Cape Adare, northern Victoria Land (Antarctica), and their relation to on-shore structures. - In: Cooper, A., Raymond, C. & ISAES Editorial Team (Eds.), Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World, U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Open-File Report 2007-1047.srp016.

Lisker, F., Wilson, C.J.L. & Gibson, H.J. (2007): The Vestfold Hills (East Antarctica) between Lambert rifting and Gondwana breakup; evidence from apatite fission track data. - Antarctic Science, 9(1), 97—106.

Lisker, F., Wilson, C.J.L., Gibson, H.J. & Läufer, A.L. (2007): Denudation and uplift of the Mawson Escarpment (eastern Lambert Graben, Antarctica) as indicated by apatite fission track data and geomorphological observation. - In: Cooper, A., Raymond, C. & ISAES Editorial Team (Eds.), Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World, U.S. Geological Survey, USGS Open-File Report 2007-1047.srp105.

Underdown, R., Redfern, J. & Lisker, F. (2007): Constraining the burial history of the Ghadames Basin, North Africa: An integrated analysis using sonic velocities, vitrinite reflectance data and apatite fission track ages. - Basin Research, OnlineEarly, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2007.00335.x.

Spiegel, C., Kohn, B., Raza, A., Rainer, Th., Gleadow, A., 2007. The effect of long-term low-temperature exposure on fission track stability: a natural annealing experiment in the deep sea. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71, 4512-4537.

Spiegel, C., Kohn, B, Belton, D., Gleadow, A., 2007. Morphotectonic evolution of the central Kenya rift flanks: implications for Late Cenozoic environmental change in East Africa. Geology 35/5, 427-430.

Spiegel, C., Kuhlemann, J., Frisch, W., 2007. Tracing sediment pathway by zircon fission track analysis: Oligocene marine connections in Central Europe. International Journal of Earth Sciences 96, 363-374.

Kuhlemann, J, Dunkl, I., Brügel, A., Spiegel, C., and Frisch, W., 2006. From source terrains of the Eastern Alps to the Molasse Basin: Detrital record of non-steady-state exhumation. Tectonophysics 413, 301-316.

Lisker, F., Läufer, A., Rossetti, F., Olesch, M. & Schäfer, T. (2006): The Transantarctic Basin: New insights from fission track data and structural data from the USARP Mountains and adjacent areas (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica). - Basin Research, 18(4): 315-340.

Rossetti, F., Storti, F., Busetti, M., Lisker, F., Di Vincenzo, G., Läufer, A., Rocchi, S. & Salvini, F. (2006): Eocene initiation of Ross Sea dextral faulting and implications for East Antarctic neotectonics. - Journal of the Geological Society of London, 163: 119-126.

Lisker, F., Belton, D. & Kroner, U. (2005): Thermochronological investigation around the Lambert Graben: Review of preexisting data and field work during PCMEGA. - Terra Antartica, 12(2): 45-50.

Spiegel, C., Sachsenhofer, R.F., Privalov, V.A., Zhykalyak, M.V., Panova, E.A., 2004. Thermotectonic evolution of the Ukrainian Donbas Foldbelt: evidence from zircon and apatite fission track data. Tectonophysics 383, 193-215.

Privalov, V.A., Sachsenhofer, R.F., Spiegel, C., Panova, E.A., Zhykalyak, M.V., 2004. The perspective of discovering post-inversion methane accumulations in the Donbas: results from fission track analysis. Ugol Ukraini (Coal of Ukraine) 9, 12-17. (in Russian).

Spiegel, C., Siebel, W., Kuhlemann, J., Frisch, W., 2004. Toward a comprehensive provenance analysis: a multimethod approach and its implications for the evolution of the Central Alps. In: "Detrital thermochronology — Provenance Analysis, Exhumation, and Landscape Evolution in Mountain Belts", edited by Matthias Bernet and Cornelia Spiegel. GSA Special Paper 378, 37-50.

Bernet, M., Spiegel, C., 2004. Detrital thermochronology — a short introduction. In: "Detrital thermochronology — Provenance Analysis, Exhumation, and Landscape Evolution in Mountain Belts", edited by Matthias Bernet and Cornelia Spiegel. GSA Special Paper 378, 1-6.

Lisker, F. (2004): The evolution of the geothermal gradient from Lambert Graben and Mahanadi Basin - A contribution to the Indo-Antarctic Rift debate. - Gondwana Research, 7(2): 363-373.

Lisker, F. & Olesch, M. (2004): The rise of Kleinschmidt Bluffs (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica). - Zeitschrift der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft, 154(4): 427-436.

Spiegel, C., 2003. Mylonitization, dry shearing and the exhumation of the former lower crust: The Curinga-Girifalco Line (Calabria, South Italy). In "Plate Margins and Orogeny. Comparative Studies", edited by Martin Meschede and Joachim Kuhlemann. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie — Abhandlungen 230/2-3: 359-390.

Lisker, F., Brown, R. & Fabel, D. (2003): Denudational and thermal history along a transect across the Lambert Graben, northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica derived from apatite fission track thermochronology. - Tectonics, 22(5): 1055, doi: 10.1029/2002TC001477.

Lisker, F. & Olesch, M. (2003): Long-term landscape evolution of Terre Adélie and George V Land as indicated by fission track data. - Terra Antartica, 10(3): 249-256.

Lisker, F. & Olesch, M. (2003): Multi-stage thermal evolution and denudation history of the Edward VII Peninsula, Marie Byrd Land: Constraints from apatite fission-track thermochronology. - Geologisches Jahrbuch, B95: 35-53.

Rossetti, F., Lisker, F., Storti, F. & Läufer, A. (2003): Tectonic and denudational history of the Rennick Graben (northern Victoria Land): Implications for the evolution of rifting between East and West Antarctica. - Tectonics, 22(2): 1016, doi: 10.1029/2002TC001416.

Ventura, B. & Lisker, F. (2003): Long-term landscape evolution of the north-eastern margin of the Bohemian Massif: apatite fission track data from the Erzgebirge (Germany). - International Journal of Earth Sciences, 92: 691-700.

Ventura, B., Lisker, F. & Kopp, J. (2003): Apatite fission track data from the drill-core Züllsdorf 1/63: implications for the post-Variscan exhumation of the Mid German Crystalline High. - Zeitschrift für Geologische Wissenschaften, 31(3): 251-261.

Spiegel, C., Siebel, W., Frisch, W., Berner, Z., 2002. Sr and Nd isotope ratios and trace element geochemistry of detrital epidote as provenance indicators: implications for the reconstruction of the exhumation history of the Central Alps. Chemical Geology 189: 231-250.

Lisker, F. (2002): Review of fission track studies in northern Victoria Land — Passive margin evolution versus uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains. - Tectonophysics, 349(1-4): 57-73.

Spiegel, C., Kuhlemann, J., Dunkl, I., Frisch, W., 2001. Paleogeography and catchment evolution in a mobile orogenic belt: The Central Alps in Oligo-Miocene times. Tectonophysics 341/1-4: 33-47.

Kuhlemann, J., Frisch, W., Dunkl, I., Szekely, B., Spiegel, C., 2001. Miocene shifts of the drainage divide in the Alps and their foreland basin. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie 45/2: 239-265.

Ventura B., Pini G.A. & Zuffa G.G. (2001). "Thermal history and exhumation of the Northern Apennines (Italy): evidence from combined apatite fission track and vitrinite reflectance data from foreland basin sediments". Basin Research, 13, 435-448.

Cavazza W., Zattin M., Ventura B. & Zuffa G.G. (2001). "Apatite fission-track analysis of Neogene exhumation in northern Corsica (France)". Terra Nova, 13, 51-57.

Lisker, F. & Fachmann, S. (2001): Phanerozoic history of the Mahanadi region, India. - Journal of Geophysical Research, B 106(10): 22027-22050.

Spiegel, C., Kuhlemann, J., Dunkl, I., Frisch, W., von Eynatten, H., Kadosa, B., 2000. Erosion history of the Central Alps: Evidence from zircon fission track data of the foreland basin sediments. Terra Nova 12/4: 163-170.

Kuhlemann, J., Spiegel, C., Dunkl, I., Frisch, W., 1999. A contribution to middle Oligocene paleogeography of central Europe from fission track ages of the southern Rhine graben. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen 214/3: 415-432.

Jacobs, J. & Lisker, F. (1999): Post Permian tectono-thermal evolution of western Dronning Maud Land, E-Antarctica: an apatite fission-track approach. - Antarctic Science, 11(4): 451-460.

Lisker, F. (1999): The Prince Charles Mountains in East Antarctica: Cratonic exhumation, rifting - and then? - Mem. Sci. Geol., 51(2): 458-460.

Lisker, F., Schäfer, T., Olesch, M. (1999): The uplift/ denudation history of the Shackleton Range (Antarctica) based on fission-track analyses. - Terra Antartica, 6(3): 345-352.

Abbate E., Balestrieri M.L., Bigazzi G., Ventura B., Zattin M. & Zuffa G.G. (1999). "An extensive apatite fission-track study throughout the northern Apennines nappe belt". Radiation Measurements, 31, 673-676.

Lisker, F. & Olesch, M. (1998): Cooling and denudation history of western Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, based on apatite fission-tracks. - In: Van den haute, P. & De Corte, F. (eds.), Advances in fission-track geochronology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht: 225-240.

Fachmann, S., Chetty, T.R.K., Lisker, F. (1997): Structures and evolution around the Mahanadi Rift, Orissa, India. - Freiberger Forschungshefte, C 470: 19-33.

Lisker, F. & Olesch, M. (1997): Cooling and denudation history of the Alexandra Mountains and Rockefeller Mountains, Marie Byrd Land, based on apatite fission track analysis. - In: Ricci, C.A. (ed.), The Antarctic region: Geological evolution and processes, Terra Antartica Publication, Siena: 475-480.

Lisker, F. (1996): Geodynamik des Westantarktischen Riftsystems basierend auf Apatit-Spaltspuranalysen. - Berichte zur Polarforschung, 198, 108 pp.

Ventura B., Dinelli E. & Lucchini F. (1996). "Rimobilizzazione diagenetica in prossimità di un sapropel pliocenico in una carota del Mare Ionio nord-occidentale". Miner. Petrogr. Acta, XXXIX, 61-76.



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