Micromorphology of Sand Quartz Grains as a Technique to Study the Periglacial Environment - Winter Course 2015

Event Type: Field Training and Schools

When: 9 February 2015 to 15 February 2015

Where: Warsaw, Poland


This course will provide training in the description and interpretation of quartz grains of sediments from a wide variety of environments, with particular focus on periglacial sediments. During the course the participants will be available two scanning electron microscopes (SEM).

The course includes practical exercises involving the analysis of samples in the SEM, lectures and discussion forums. Practical classes will be conducted in a maximum of 5 people groups.

Brief syllabus of the course:

  • Series of lectures on the possibility of using quartz grains in environmental studies of periglacial conditions, including recording the intensity of frost weathering in sediments of different genesis and intensity Aeolian processes developing in periglacial conditions;
  • Methodology of the analysis of the surface micromorphology of quartz grains in the SEM;
  • Preparation of samples for SEM analysis;
  • Analysis of samples in the SEM, both produced by operators, as well as its own participants;
  • Discussion.

Registration deadline: 30.09.2014
Contact Alexandre Nieuwendam (alexandretn [at] gmail.com)

Location of the course: Cryo-SEM Laboratory, Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw, ul. Żwirki i Wigury 93, 02-089 Warsaw

Participation fee: 300 Euro and includes: Course book, daily lunch, dinner at the end of the course and Public transportation weekly ticket

Barbara Woronko Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw; bworonko [at] uw.edu.pl;
Alexandre Nieuwendam – Center of Geographical Studies-IGOT, University of Lisbon; alexandretn [at] gmail.com