Holger Hartmann






Holger [dot] Hartmannatgeo [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Postal Adress

Technische Universität
Bergakademie Freiberg
Department of Geology
Bernhard-von-Cotta Straße 2
09599 Freiberg


PhD Project

TIPTIMON: Tian Shan-Pamir Monitoring Program.
Late Cenozoic geodynamics, climate interactions and resulting hazards in Central Asia
Thesis: Exhumation and Denudation in the Pamir-Hindu Kush. Structural and Geochronological Studies.


I study the structural inventory, kinematics and geo-/thermochronological evolution of NE-Afghanistan. I test the model of Stübner et al. (2013a,b) which proposes the transfer of deformation from the extensional Shakhdara dome into the compressional Tadjik-Afghan-Basin by ductile crustal flow in NE-Afghanistan. The methods I use are structural mapping of the working area, petrological and microtectonic analyses of thin sections and the application of multiple thermochronometers (Apatite Fission Track, Zircon-Uranium-Lead, Argon-Argon, Uranium-Thorium-Helium).

The Pamir shows the highest amount of N-S shortening within the shortest distance in the India-Asia collisional system. The orogen hosts one of the two intracontinental intermediate depth seismicity zones. This makes the Pamir an interesting natural laboratory for studying the deformational behavior of the lithosphere. In NE-Afghanistan one can study the sutures and geological units along a c. 200 km long W-E profile which, elsewhere in the Pamir Mountains, exclusively can be observed over a range of several thousands of kilometers (Tapponnier et al. 1981). Therefore, my working area plays a key role in understanding the India-Asia collision. Today’s convergence rates were measured using GPS (Mohadjer et al. 2010). Shortening which cannot be linked to known active fault zones, are located within the Central Pamir (16±2 mm/a) and the Hindu Kush. At the moment one cannot clearly distinguish the amounts of total shortening which are accommodated in the Pamir and at its borders. Additionally, the amount of the displacement along the main fault zones in the Hindu Kush and Tibet does not sum up to explain the total convergence throughout the India-Asia deformation zone (Mohadjer et al. 2010) This indicates the presence of yet unknown, active structures in my working area.



Stress in Afghanistan - Structural Mapping in SW Pamir. International Forum-Competition of Young Researchers. St. Petersburg National Mineral Resources University. April 23rd - 25th, 2014.


H. Hartmann, L. Ratschbacher, K. Stübner, M. Hofmann, A. Gärtner, U. Linnemann: Zircon U-Pb Geochronology from the northern Hindu Kush, Wakhan Corridor, NE Afghanistan. 28th Himalayan Karakorum Tibet Workshop & 6th International Symposium on Tibetan Plateau Joint Conference Tübingen, Germany, August 22nd-24th 2013.


DAAD travel grant, 2013: Expedition to Tajikistan & Afghanistan


2nd Place for the Talk Stress in Afghanistan - Structural Mapping in SW Pamir, Geology Working Group. St. Petersburg 2014.

Further Professional Interests

Scientific Diving, Applied Geophysics


Diploma Thesis

Die Struktur am Südrand des Niedersächsischen Beckens. English Title: The structure at the southern edge of the Lower Saxony Basin. Balanced profiles and gravimetric studies. Supervisers = Prof. Dr. Jonas Kley & PD Dr. Thomas Jahr (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)


Diploma Mapping

Der Hüggel bei Osnabrück und sein südliches Vorland. English Title: The Hüggel near Osnabrück and its southern foreland. Structural and Ground Radar studies. Supervisers = Prof. Dr. Jonas Kley & PD Dr. Thomas Jahr (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)


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