CVT Short course

Introduction to physical volcanology and volcanic textures

Five-day short course by Prof. Dr. Christoph Breitkreuz (Centre of Volcanic Textures, CVT)

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Bernhard-von-Cotta-Str. 2
09599 Freiberg, Germany

cbreitatgeo [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

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Background and intention of the Short course

Based on experience in the investigation of fossil and (sub-)recent volcanic and volcanoclastic successions this short course puts emphasis on the recognition of volcanic textures in outcrop and thin section, and on the possibilities and limits of their genetic interpretation. The course neglects other important aspects of volcanology such as magmatic petrology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, geotectonic setting, and volcanic hazards.Short course participants at the microscope, 2013

Structure of the Short course

The CVT collection forms the working material for the Short course, in which rock slabs and thin sections will be examined with modern microscopes. Short course participants are invited to bring along thin sections and rock slabs of their own projects for discussion. A basic knowledge in mineral optics as well as fundamentals of petrography and sedimentology are a recommended prerequisite to follow the course.

The course will be held in English. After introductory lectures, hand specimens and thin sections of silica-poor to silica-rich volcanic rocks will be examined that formed as pyroclastic and hydroclastic deposits, and as lava(-domes) and subvolcanic intrusions. Emphasis is on the subsequent discussion on textures, the salient descriptive features and several processes (magma and mineral composition, eruptive processes, fragmentation processes, transport and depositional processes and alteration). The course begins with simple systems and ends with more complex, strongly altered volcanic rocks from various periods.

Successful participants will get a certificate with 2.5 Credit points.

two participants of the CVT shortcourse 2013 eamine a 3 Ga ignimbrite- MSc and PhD students (please provide a certificate of  your status): 80 €
- Scientists from academic institutions and Geological surveys: 160 €
- Participants from Companies 300 €


- Please pay in cash on site at registration desk, you will get a receipt

The German Geological Society (DGGV) provides subsidies for student members!

Number of participants: Maximum 20

To express your interest in participation, please send us an email with the filled registration form

Getting to Freiberg

Freiberg is an attractive medieval town near Dresden with an 800 year tradition of mining in the Erzgebirge.

  • Fly to Dresden Airport, and take local train to Freiberg (about 40 min.).
  • Car: Motorway A4 exit "Siebenlehn", then B101 to Freiberg.


Participants from Germany, please make your own reservation, International participants let us know if you need assistance! Economic rooms probably range from EUR 40 to EUR 70.