What is “30 Geosites³”?

To mark the 175th anniversary of the German Geological Society – Geological Association (DGGV), this website presents Germany’s 30 most beautiful geotopes in 3D. Geoscientists from all over the Federal Republic explain the geology and history of these rock formations and show how state-of-the-art methods are used today.

Who is behind the project?

30 Geotopes³ is a DGGV project led by the OutcropWizard team from the University of Bonn led by PD Dr Gösta Hoffmann and Prof Dr Martin Meschede from the University of Greifswald. They are supported by colleagues from the University of Jena, RWTH Aachen, University of Frankfurt, University of Darmstadt, University of Munich, the Geological Survey of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Hessian State Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology, the Dinosaur Park Münchehagen and the Grenzwelten Geopark.

Where does the data come from?

The data come from surveys conducted by the institutions mentioned above, partly from ongoing scientific work, partly from surveys specifically for this project. Excursions as part of 30 Geotopes³ can be followed on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Is the data freely available?

All data collected as part of this project is under a CC-BY 4.0 licence and is publicly available.

How are the models calculated?

The 3D models of the most beautiful geotopes are calculated with the help of so-called photogrammetry. In this process, a 3D object is created from a series of overlapping individual images taken from different angles. For this purpose, the scientists use the programme Metashape from the company Agisoft.

How can I join in?

Would you like to be part of the project? Or would you like to exchange ideas with us about the latest methodologies in digital terrain mapping? Then write to us: by email to info [at] digitalgeology.de or via social media.