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  • Third Circular : published in Feb 2013




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    Excursion

    Field trip fee for Indians:-

    1. Jaisalmer  Trip (10-15th January 2014) fee for Indian delegates INR 16,000/-

    Above field trip fee includes:-

    • Travel by A/C cab from Jaipur –Jaisalmer-Jaipur
    • Accommodation for all days in RTDC hotel (Moomal) on twin sharing basis
    • Breakfast,  working lunch and dinner during fieldwork
    • One cocktail party with veg-non veg snacks and dinner with entertainment in the backdrop of sand dunes.
    • Other  expenses of trip like mineral water during trip, other monumental entry fees  

    2. Kachhch trip (28th December-4th January 2014) fee for Indian delegates INR 13,000/-

    Above field trip fee includes:-

      • Travel by train  from Bhuj to Jaipur
      • Field trip by A/C cab to respective localities
      • Accommodation for all days in guest house on twin sharing basis
      • Breakfast,  working lunch and dinner
      • Other expenses of trip like mineral water  during trip, other monumental entry fees  

      Proposed pre- and post-congress field trips

      Middle and Upper Jurassic rocks of the Kachchh Basin (one week: 28.12.2013 – 04.01.2014)llllllllllllllll

      The Kachchh Basin is a small rift basin, situated on the western margin of the Indian craton. It is well known for its rich marine fauna of ammonites, bivalves, brachiopods, corals, sponges, echinoderms, microfossils, trace fossils, etc. Environments range from alluvial fans to rivers and carbonate and siliciclastic ramps. The strata show a distinct cyclicity influenced partly by regional tectonics, partly by relative sea-level and climatic changes. The trip will include a visit to the vast Recent salt flats of the Great Rann of Kachchh and to remains of the 3000 years old Indus Valley civilisation at Dholavira in Field trip to the Kachchh Basin (28.12.2013 – 04.01.2014).

      Maximum number of participants: 40
      Leaders: Franz T. Fürsich1,  D. K. Pandey2 & M. Alberti1
      1 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg  2 University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

      28.12.2013 Arrival in Bhuj (district headquarter of Kachchh) latest by the afternoon (flight from Mumbai by Jet Airways or from Ahmedabad by road/train, or from Delhi/Jaipur by train)
      29.12.2013 Administrative permission (half day), visit to outcrop at Ler & Gangeshwar Dome sections (Callovian-Lower Kimmeridgian), visit to the Shre Swaminarayan Temple and the Palace.
      30.12.2013 Bajocian-Bathonian rocks of Sadhara Dome and Kala Dongar (Black Hill)
      31.12.2013 Bathonian-Oxfordian rocks of Jhura Dome
      01.01.2014 Bathonian-Oxfordian rocks of Jumara Dome
      02.01.2014 Tithonian - Cretaceous rocks of Kateshwar temple and Ghuneri sections
      03.01.2014 Oxfordian - Kimmeridgian rocks of Bharodia section (Wagad Uplift) and visit to  Dholavira, Khadir Island (Harappan Civilization) /Great Rann of Kachchh (Night halt in Bhachau)
      04.01.2014 Oxfordian rocks of Tramau River section. Departure for Jaipur by train in late afternoon from Bhachau
      05.01.2014 Arrival in Jaipur

      General Information
      Kachchh is a comparatively remote area with only limited infrastructure. We therefore will stay in a guesthouse just outside the district capital Bhuj. Accommodation will be in simple, but clean rooms with attached bathrooms (hot water provided). Participants are asked to share rooms and should bring a towel and a thin sleeping bag (e.g. youth hostel style sleeping bag; blankets are available). The last night we shall stay most likely in a Jain hotel in Bhachau. As this hotel is situated right next to the train station it is advisable to bring ear plugs for an undisturbed sleep. Gujarat is a so-called dry state where alcohol cannot be purchased and its consumption in public is prohibited. So, please, bring your own supply of alcohol, if needed for “medical” reasons or relaxation.

      Winter is the best time for field work in Kachchh with cool nights and moderately hot days. During the field trip night temperatures around 10°C can be expected. Day temperatures will range from 22 to 28°C, but as there is virtually no shade, the temperature will be felt as quite high in the early afternoon. Rain is very rare at this time of the year and there is no need to bring a raincoat or umbrella but a hat and some sun blocker to protect you from the sun.

      Kachchh is a border area, and because of the precarious relationship between India and Pakistan there are strict security controls. All participants will need permissions to visit the various field localities. In order to obtain these and use a minimum of time for bureaucratic procedures during the fieldtrip, please register as early as possible and supply the necessary documents (electronic copy of passport and home address). In addition, bring three copies of your passport and the visa page.

      When booking your journey, make sure to reach Bhuj either by the afternoon flight of Jet Airways on December 28 or by train from Delhi, leaving the previous day. If you let us know of your way of arrival we shall pick you up at the airport/train station in Bhuj.

      As much of the  countryside we are going to visit is covered with Acacia bushes it is advisable to bring sturdy field boots. The long thorns of these plants easily penetrate the soles of sneakers, etc.

      Health risks: Mosquitoes are not abundant at this time of the year and are only active at dusk and dawn. As a rule, a repellent will be sufficient and malaria prophylaxis is not necessary (the same applies for Jaipur). Typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Please, note that these should not be obtained in the last minute but several weeks before you start the trip. Participants may experience problems with their digestive tract. Please, bring along some medicine such as immodium. We shall provide plenty of mineral water for the participants.

      If you have any further question, please feel free enough to contact us
      Franz T. Fürsich (franz.fuersich@gzn.uni-erlangen.de)
      D. K. Pandey (dhirendrap@hotmail.com)

      Image Captions:
      1. Large-sized mayaitids from Dhosa Conglomerate Bed near Lodai (Habo Dome, Kachchh)
      2. Oxfordian: Condensed Dhosa Oolite Member (iron ooid formation, Upper most part of the Chari Formation, Jhura Dome).
      3. Bajocian: sediments of alluvial fans.

      Image Captions:
      1. Dinosaur bones from the Bajocian sediments North of Khadir Island, Kachchh (Camarosauromorpha).
      2. Callovian: offshore siliciclastic basin fill, Chari Formation, Jumara Dome, Kachchh.
      3. Bathonian: Off shore carbonates, Patcham Formation, Jumara Dome, Kachchh.

      Image Captions:
      1. Peltoceratoides from Oxfordian sediments of Kachchh Basin.
      2. Structural Map of kachchh and Jaisalmer Basin.
      3. Habo Dome, Kachchh
      4. Jhumara Coral Bed, Kachchh (Bathonian)

      Middle and Upper Jurassic rocks of the Jaisalmer Basin (one week: 10.01.2014 -15.01.2014)lllllllllllllll

      The Jaisalmer Basin is a pericratonic shelf basin, situated also on the western margin of the Indian craton. Although the sequence is less complete than that of the Kachchh Basin it also has a high diversity of marine fauna. Environments range from continental to marginal marine to carbonate and siliciclastic ramps. The basal part of the succession is known world over for very rich gymnosperm wood fossils. There are a few marine marker horizons in the younger part of the succession, which can be used for interbasinal correlation (Pandey et al. 2009). The field party will be based in Jaisalmer, one of the most beautiful medieval cities of India. Included in the programme is a visit to the sand dunes of the Thar desert.

      Field trip to the Jaisalmer Basin (10.01.2014 – 15.01.2014)
      Maximum number of participants: 40
      Leaders: D. K. Pandey1 & Franz T. Fürsich2
      1University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 2 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

      10.01.2014 Journey by car from Jaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur 
      11.01.2014 Locality 1: Akal National Park (Wood fossil Park), Locality 2: Thaiyat ridge-scarp (Lower Jurassic), Locality 3: Khuri Road outcrops (Bajocian), Locality 4: Fort wall-section (Bathonian).
      12.01.2014 Locality 5: Badabagh section (Bathonian), Locality 6: Rupsi section (Oxfordian- Tithonian), Locality 7: Badasar cliff-section (Tithonian), Locality 8: Bhadasar Conglomerate (Tithonian), Visit to Jain Temple.
      13.01.2014 Locality 9: Kahla village-section, Locality 10: Kuldhar river-section (Callovian), Locality 11: Kuldhar nala-section (Callovian), Locality 12:  Jajiya river-section (Callovian-Oxfordian), Visit to Sum.
      14.01.2014 Locality 13:  Kala Dungar Hills (Kimmeridgian), Visit to City/Palace (afternoon/evening).
      15.01.2014 Return journey to Jaipur via Bikaner.

      General Information
      The Jaisalmer Basin lies in the westernmost part of Rajasthan, close to the border of Pakistan. We shall stay in a middle class hotel in Jaisalmer, from where the different field localities can be easily accessed. Participants are asked to share a room.

      Nights will be cool (8-12°C) and daytime temperatures might reach 29°C. Rain is very rare at this time of the year and there is no need to bring a raincoat or umbrella but a hat and some sun blocker to protect you from the sun (there will be no shade).

      We shall travel in cars to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur, leaving early in the morning, as the journey will take approximately 12 hours and will return the same way at the end of our trip. Please, remember to book at hotel room for the night following our return.

      Health risks: Mosquitoes are not abundant at this time of the year and are only active at dusk and dawn. As a rule, a repellent will be sufficient and malaria prophylaxis is not necessary (the same applies for Jaipur). The hotel will provide some repellent for the rooms. Typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Please, note that these should not be obtained in the last minute but several weeks before you start the trip. Participants may experience problems with their digestive tract. Please, bring along some medicine such as immodium. We shall provide plenty of mineral water for the participants.

      There will be also the opportunity to visit Jaisalmer, one of the most fascinating cities of India, and one evening we shall go to Sum at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert to enjoy a camel ride and typical Rajasthani dances, music, and food.

      Image Captions:
      1. A view of the hardground surface showing erosional lineaments. The feature apparently looks like megaripples surface. River bed outcrop, 6 km south of Damodar village, on the road from Damodar towards Jajiya village (scale: average height of the person - 175 cm).
      2. A close view of the hardground surface showing patches of underlying bed of mudstone as windows (arrowed). Locality same as Fig. 1 (scale: ball pen - 14.0 cm).
          3. A close view of eroded flat and bored hardground surface with steep sides. Note sharp edge         formed due to erosion during Jurassic period. Locality same as Fig. 1 (scale: hammer - 32.5 cm).
          4. A close view of section of an erosional surface in the upper part of the Jajiya cliff-section.         (scale: ball pen - 14.0 cm)


      Image Captions:
      1. A panoramic view of Kuldhar, Jajiya-section of Kuldhar Member exposed at 11 km west of Jaisalmer on Jaisalmer-Sam Road. Note thinly bedded limestone beds at the base (light coloured) overlain by brownish thick sandstone. The lower part of the section beautifully displays at least three coarsening upward sedimentary hemicycles (scale: height of the person -167 cm).
          2. A close up view of the bifurcated Rhizocorallium irregulare on the upper surface of packstone        (hardground surface). Locality same as Fig. 1 (scale: hammer - 32.5 cm).

          3. A close up view of upper surface of packstone, which is bored and encrusted with oysters         (hardground surface). Locality same as Fig. 1 (scale: hammer - 32.5 cm).


      Image Captions:
      1. Panoramic view of ruined village of Kuldhar. In the center is an old temple of the Kuldhar village.
      2. Mega-ripples surface of packstone, exposed as a platform on the south of Kuldhar village, eastern side of the Kuldhar River, Kuldhar Member, Jaisalmer Formation (scale: height of the person - 167 cm).
          3. Oysters encrusted on the upper surface of the packstone, locality same as above (Fig. 2)         (hardground surface), (scale: hammer - 32.5 cm).

          4. A close-up view of oyster shell encrusted on the upper surface of the packstone (hardground)         locality same as above (Fig. 3) (scale: ball pen - 14.0 cm).


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