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Quantification of Lithological Heterogeneity Within Opalinus Clay : Toward a Uniform Subfacies Classification Scheme Using a Novel Automated Core Image Recognition Tool

Lauper, Bruno ; Zimmerli, Géraldine N. ; Jaeggi, David ; Deplazes, Gaudenz ; Wohlwend, Stephan ; Rempfer, Johannes ; Foubert, Anneleen

In: Frontiers in Earth Science, 2021, vol. 9, p. 645596

The Opalinus Clay is notable in Switzerland as being the selected host rock for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. Since the early 1990’s, this argillaceous mudstone formation of Jurassic age has been intensively studied within the framework of national and international projects to characterize its geological, hydrological, mechanical, thermal, chemical, and biological...

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Cenozoic evolution of the steppe-desert biome in Central Asia

Barbolini, N. ; Woutersen, A. ; Dupont-Nivet, G. ; Silvestro, Daniele ; Tardif, D. ; Coster, P. M. C. ; Meijer, N. ; Chang, C. ; Zhang, H.-X. ; Licht, A. ; Rydin, C. ; Koutsodendris, A. ; Han, F. ; Rohrmann, A. ; Liu, X.-J. ; Zhang, Y. ; Donnadieu, Y. ; Fluteau, F. ; Ladant, J.-B. ; Le Hir, G. ; Hoorn, C.

In: Science Advances, 2020, vol. 6, no. 41, p. eabb8227

The origins and development of the arid and highly seasonal steppe-desert biome in Central Asia, the largest of its kind in the world, remain largely unconstrained by existing records. It is unclear how Cenozoic climatic, geological, and biological forces, acting at diverse spatial and temporal scales, shaped Central Asian ecosystems through time. Our synthesis shows that the Central Asian...

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Tectonics controls on fluvial landscapes and drainage development in the westernmost part of Switzerland: Insights from DEM-derived geomorphic indices

Radaideh, Omar M. A. ; Mosar, Jon

In: Tectonophysics, 2019, vol. 768, p. 228179

This work focuses particularly on the geomorphological evidence for the tectonic controls on the development of the present-day fluvial landscapes in the westernmost part of Switzerland. The tectonic deformation was evaluated on the basis of a combined analysis of several classical geomorphic indices (hypsometric curves and integrals, transverse topographic symmetry index, and channel's...

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Ecological constraints coupled with deep-time habitat dynamics predict the latitudinal diversity gradient in reef fishes

Gaboriau, Théo ; Albouy, Camille ; Descombes, Patrice ; Mouillot, David ; Pellissier, Loïc ; Leprieur, Fabien

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2019, vol. 286, no. 1911, p. 20191506

We develop a spatially explicit model of diversification based on palaeohabitat to explore the predictions of four major hypotheses potentially explaining the latitudinal diversity gradient (LDG), namely, the ‘time-area’, ‘tropical niche conservatism’, ‘ecological limits’ and ‘evolutionary speed’ hypotheses. We compare simulation outputs to observed diversity gradients in the...

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Mountain permafrost degradation documented through a network of permanent electrical resistivity tomography sites

Mollaret, Coline ; Hilbich, Christin ; Pellet, Cécile ; Flores-Orozco, Adrian ; Delaloye, Reynald ; Hauck, Christian

In: The Cryosphere, 2019, vol. 13, no. 10, p. 2557–2578

Mountain permafrost is sensitive to climate change and is expected to gradually degrade in response to the ongoing atmospheric warming trend. Long-term monitoring of the permafrost thermal state is a key task, but problematic where temperatures are close to 0 ∘C because the energy exchange is then dominantly related to latent heat effects associated with phase change (ice–water), rather...

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Physically based hydrogeological and slope stability modeling of the Turaida castle mound

Kukemilks, Karlis ; Wagner, Jean-Frank ; Saks, Tomas ; Brunner, Philip

In: Landslides, 2018, vol. 15, no. 11, p. 2267–2278

This study explores the potential of integrating state-of-the-art physically based hydrogeological modeling into slope stability simulations to identify the hydrogeological triggers of landslides. Hydrogeological models considering detailed morphological, lithological, and climatic factors were elaborated. Groundwater modeling reveals locations with elevated pore water pressures in the...

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Multi-proxy facies analysis of the Opalinus Clay and depositional implications (Mont Terri rock laboratory, Switzerland)

Lauper, Bruno ; Jaeggi, David ; Deplazes, Gaudenz ; Foubert, Anneleen

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2018, vol. 111, no. 3, p. 383–398

Located in NW Switzerland, the Mont Terri rock laboratory is a research facility primarily investigating the Opalinus Clay as potential host rock for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. In the Mont Terri area, this Jurassic shale formation is characterized by three distinctive lithofacies: a shaly facies, a carbonate-rich sandy facies and a sandy facies. However, the lithological...