Project Initiative “Ries-Crater”: Drilling Erbisberg


The drilling Erbisberg is part of the project initiative “Ries-Crater”. The drilling was funded and carried out by the Geological Survey at the Bavarian Environmental Agency, The drill cores are archived in the Drill-Core Archive and Resources Analysis Centre.

Aims of the drilling are as follows:

  • Detection of post-impact hydrothermal activity in superficial deposits (travertine) and subsurface mineralizations (veins)
  • Detection of possible traces of a fossil subterranean biosphere
  • Elucidation of the structure of the crystalline ring
  • Genesis of impact melts


Simplified geological map of the Ries Impact Crater with location of the Erbisberg drilling site] With permission of the Bavarian Environmental Agency, Geological Survey.

Participating Institutions

Publications / Abstracts / Poster

Arp, G., Reimer, A., Simon, K., Sturm, S., Wilk, J., Kruppa, C., Hecht, L., Hansen, B.T., Pohl, J., Reimold W.U., Kenkmann, T. & Jung, D. (2019b): The Erbisberg drilling 2011: Implications for the structure and post-impact evolution of the inner ring of the Ries impact crater. - Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 35 pp., in press

Arp, G., Kolepka, C., Simon, K., Karius, V., Nolte, N. & Hansen, B.T. (2013): New evidence for persistent impact-generated hydrothermal activity in the Miocene Ries impact structure, Germany. - Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48 (12) 2491-2516.

Arp, G., Blumenberg, M., Hansen, B.T., Jung, D., Kolepka, C., Lenz, O., Nolte, N., Poschlod, K., Reimer, A. & Thiel, V. (2013): Chemical and ecological evolution of the Miocene Ries impact crater lake, Germany: a re-interpretation based on the Enkingen (SUBO 18) drill core. - GSA Bulletin 125 (7-8): 1125-1145.

Arp, G., Jung, D. & Kenkmann, T. (2011): Forschungsbohrung des Bayerischen Geologischen Dienstes auf miozänem Travertinhügel des Kristallinen Ringes im Närdlinger Ries. - Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen (GMIT, September 2011) 45: 20-21.

Arp, G., Kolepka, C., Simon, K., Nolte, N., Karius, V., Jung, D. & Hansen, B. T. (2011): New evidence for impact-induced hydrothermal activity in the Miocene Ries impact crater, Germany. - International Conference “Fragile Earth”, 4.-7. September, München, Session 28 [Abstract with Programs: A41].

Jung, D., Sturm, S., Arp, G., Pohl, J. & Kenkmann T. (2011): First descriptions of two new borehole profiles from the Ries Impact Crater, Germany. - 74th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 8.-12. August 2011, London [Poster #5456]. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, vol. 46, p. A117.


Arbeitstreffen "Bohrung Erbisberg", ZERIN, 9. May 2015, Nördlingen

COCARDE Workshop and Field Seminar 2012 “Carbonate mounds and frontier carbonate systems in hypersaline/hyperthermal environments - The Ries Natural Laboratory” 15.-19. October 2012, Nördlingen

Press releases and newspaper articles (in German)

13.05.2011 Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt: Pressemitteilung “Neue Ries-Forschungsbohrung soll Auswirkungen des Meteoriteneinschlags erhellen”

13.05.2011 Augsburger Allgemeine “Das Ries - bizarr wie der Monolake”

08.09.2011 Spiegel Online “Meteoriteneinschlag bei Nördlingen. Geologen ergründen Europas Urkatastrophe”,1518,772160,00.html

Koordination (Dietmar Jung, Gernot Arp) [Passwort]

Erbisberg Drilling Data

Erbisberg Drilling Field Images

Erbisberg Drilling Core Images