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Distribution of Albertiana and items such as ballot papers, is based upon the information supplied to the Secretary. Incorrect records may result in these items being delayed, misdirected or lost; therefore it is in members' interest to ensure that the contact details held by STS are correct.

To assist in the maintenance of accurate membership records and contact details ALL Voting and Corresponding members of STS are asked to advise the Secretary immediately of any errors in their details as given in the above list, and to notify him promptly of any changes which occur. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CLEARLY:







ACTIVE IN TRIASSIC STUDIES ?  YES / NO (delete as appropriate)



Please post, FAX or e-mail any corrections or changes to your contact details to:

Dr G. Warrington
Secretary-General, Subcommission on Triassic Stratigraphy
British Geological Subvey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)115 9363407
FAX: +44 (0)115 9363437 or 9363200


The special publication announced by Spencer Lucas in his report to the STS business meeting in Halle (see Abbreviated Minutes of that meeting elsewhere in this issue of Albertiana) has appeared as part four of volume 143 of the Elsevier journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (November 1998). This issue, entitled The Permian-Triassic boundary and global Triassic correlations, was edited by Spencer Lucas and Yin Hongfu. The articles, which include four (by Kozur, Lozovsky, Mei et al. and Yin & Tong) on Permian/Triassic boundary topics, and four (by Dobruskina, Khuc & Huyen, Lucas and Tong) on Triassic topics, comprise some 185 pages and are listed in the "New Triassic literature" section of this issue of Albertiana.


  A meeting of the Triassic Subcommission is planned during the 31st International Geological Congress (IGC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-17th August 2000. This will provide an opportunity to meet Triassic colleagues in a South American venue and review STS activities.


Dr. Jens Lorenz Franzen from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main is the first recipient of the Friedrich von Alberti Prize. This prize has been established by the Friedrich von Alberti Foundation, in which 20 quarry companies are involved (see Albertiana 20: 64). Dr. Franzen received the prize of DM 20,000.- for his scientific work on the famous Messel Fossillagerstätte and it preservation as well as for his work on the evolution of man. In addition he also received a facsimile edition of von Alberti's famous monograph in which he established the Triassic System. The Friedrich von Alberti Prize will be given yearly, alternatingly to professional and "amateur" palaeontologists. In addition the Friedrich von Alberti Foundation supports young scientists, particularly from Baden-Württemberg. A young Ph.D. student received financial support to present his results at an international congress in Prague.

7-10 June, 2000,  Tulcea, Romania

A four day workshop focusing on the Lower-Middle Triassic boundary will be held from June 7th to June 10th in North Dobrogea, Romania, an area where fossil-rich marine deposits spanning the Lower-Middle Triassic boundary are particularly well developed. The workshop, recom mended and supported by the Subcomission of Triassic Stratigraphy of the IUGS, aims  to present and evaluate the candidature of the Desli Caira section as GSSP for the Lower-Middle Triassic boundary and to give to the participants the opportunity to discuss multidisciplinary aspects concerning the considered time-interval (including bio and physical stratigraphy, paleogeography, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology).

The workshop will begin on Wednesday 7 June, 2000 at Tulcea, with one day of oral presenta tions and will continue with three days of field trips to representative Lower to Middle Triassic sections  within the North Dobrogea area.
Further information concerning the program, accommodations, and costs (costs will be kept to a minimum) will be included in a first circular, and on the Internet, which will be released in April, 1999.

If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the organizers,
Eugen Gradinaru  
Faculty of Geology and Geophysics 
University of Bucharest 
1, Bd. Nicolae Balcescu 
70111 Bucharest; Romania
Viorel Atudorei 
University of New Mexico 
Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences 
Northrop Hall, 200 Yale Blvd. NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA

              Contact: Herbert Summesberger, Museum of Natural History, Vienna.
            FAX:(0043) 1/52 177/459 or e-mail:
              Contact: E. M. Harper, Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ.
            FAX: +44 (0)1223 333450 or e-mail:
              Contact: Professor G. Cassinis, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi, Via Ferrata 1, 27100 Pavia, Italy.
            FAX:  +39     0382 505890 or e-mail:
              Contact: The Secretary, VII International Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems, Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales
            "B.  Rivadavia", Avda. Angel Gallardo 470, 1405 Buenos Aires, Argentina. FAX: 54 1 983 4151
              Contact: Dr. Yuan Xunlai or Ms. Zhao Meiping, Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Academia Sinica, 39 East Beijing Rd.,
            Nanjing 210008, China, FAX: 025-335-7026 or e-mail:
              Contact: RNDr. Igor Broska, CSc., Geological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 842 26
            Bratislava,   Slovak Republic.
            FAX: (004217) 377 097 or e-mail:
              Contact: Secretary of the Organizing Committee for the 10th International Palynological Congress, Nanjing Institute of
            Geology  &  Palaeontology, Academia Sinica, 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, 210008, People's Republic of China
              Contact: Prof. Lujun Liu, Secretary-General of IOPC-VI Organising Committee, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaentology,
            Academia Sinica , 39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, China, FAX: +86-25-3357 026 or e-mail: or
              Contact: Secretariat Bureau, 31st International Geological Congress, Av. Pasteur, 404 - Casa Brazil 2000 - Urca -
            Rio de Janiero - RJ - Brazil. FAX: +55 21 295 8094 or e-mail:


Everybody will, or at least should know the name Friedrich von Alberti, who is the founder of the Triassic System and after whom this newsletter has been named. Fewer will have read or maybe have even ever seen his classical work "Beitrag zu einer Monographie des Bunten Sandsteins, Muschelkalks und Keuper, und die Verbindung dieser Gebilde zu einer Formation" that appeared in 1834 and in which the Triassic was established. The original edition is very hard to find and the few libraries which hold a copy have it usually safely stored in their old book department. Therefore, the Friedrich von Alberti Stiftung (see also Albertiana, 20: 64) took the laudable initiative to publish a facsimile edition of this classical monograph. The book contains the original monograph of 366 pages in which von Alberti gives a detailed description of the Triassic in its type area together with two enclusures. In addition, a 49 p. biographical note on the author with several illustrations is included. The book is very well produced and nicely bound in an old-style hard cover. For the  price of DM 59,80 (= less than US $ 40.-) it is a real bargain that belongs on the bookshelf of every Triassic worker. The book can be ordered from:
c/o Bürgermeisteramt Ingelfingen  
Schloßstraße 12  
D-74653 Ingelfingen
Germany Goldschneck Verlag W. K. Weidert 
Postfach 1265  
D-71399 Korb 


A book with 12 contributions on the palynolgy and organic petrology of Permian, Triassic and Tertiary coals and lignites form India has been published by R.S. Tiwari, former director of the Birbal Sahni Institute in Lucknow. The 273 page book is entitled: "Coaliferous fuel resources of India: parameters of studies in palynology and biopetrology".  It can be ordered for US $ 30.- from:

The Director of the Birbal Sahni Institute
53, University Road
Lucknow - 226 007, India


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From: Salvador, A. (ed.), 1994. International Stratigraphic Guide. Second Edition.
International Commission on Stratigraphic Classification of IUGS
International Commission on Stratigraphy. IUGS/GSA, Boulder, Co, p. 66.

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