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The Faculty of Science, Charles University ranks among the top five research institutions in the Czech Republic, and this high standard also applies to the Geosciences. Strong emphasis is placed on excellence and the global impact of our research and the scientific results are regularly published in major international journals, often within the first quartile in Earth Sciences. 

Selected publications



Identification of the Younger Dryas onset was confused by the Laacher See volcanic eruption

E. Stuchlík, D. Vondrák, Z. Hořická, J. Hrubá, A. Mijovilovich, G. Kletetschka

Full text download: PNAS 118, e2022485118 (2021). 


Thallium and lead variations in a contaminated peatland: A combined isotopic study from a mining/smelting area

A. Vaněk, K. Vejvodová, M. Mihaljevič, V. Ettler, J. Trubač, M. Vaňková, V. Goliáš, L. Teper, K. Sutkowska, P. Vokurková, V. Penížek

Full text download: Environmental Pollution 290, 117973 (2021). 


Arsenic fractionation and mobility in sulfidic wetland soils during experimental drying

P. Drahota, M. Peřestá, J. Trubač, M. Mihaljevič, A. Vaněk

Full text download: Chemosphere 277, 130306 (2021). 


An experimental investigation on the swelling behavior of compacted B75 bentonite

H. Sun, G. Scaringi, D. Mašín, J. Najser

Full text download: Engineering Geology, 106452 (2021). 


Critical evaluation of portable Raman spectrometers: From rock outcrops and planetary analogs to cultural heritage – A review

J. Jehlička, A. Culka

Full text download: Analytica Chimica Acta, 339027 (2021). 


Fossil evidence for vampire squid inhabiting oxygen-depleted ocean zones since at least the Oligocene

M. Košťák, J. Schlögl, D. Fuchs, K. Holcová, N. Hudáčková, A. Culka, I. Fözy, A. Tomašových, R. Milovský, J. Šurka, M. Mazuch

Full text download: Communication Biology, 216 (2021). 


Small-strain behaviour of unsaturated silty clay: experiments and model interpretation

T. Mohyla, J. Boháč, D. Mašín

Full text download: Acta Geotechnica, 16, 2837 (2021). 


Evaluation of hypoplastic model for soft clays by modelling of Nicoll highway case history

J. Jerman, D. Mašín

Full text download: Computers and Geotechnics, 134, 104053 (2021). 


An infrared thermography approach to evaluate the strength of a rock cliff

M. Loche, G. Scaringi, J. Blahůt, M. T. Melis, A. Funedda, S. D. Da Pelo, I. Erbì, G. Deiana, M. A. Meloni, F. Cocco

Full text download: Remote Sensing, 13, 1265 (2021). 


Tectonometamorphic evolution and U–Pb dating of the high-grade Hammar Domain (Southern Ethiopian Shield); implications for the East-African Orogeny

K. Verner, D. Buriánek, M. Svojtka, V. Peřestý, L. Megerssa, T. Tadesse, A. Kussita, D. Alemayehu, T. Hroch

Full text download: Precambrian Research, 361, 106270 (2021). 


Rapidly evolving controls of landslides after a strong earthquake and implications for hazard assessments

X. Fan, A. P. Yunus, G. Scaringi, F. Catani, S. Siva Subramanian, Q. Xu, R. Huang

Full text download: Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL090509 (2021). 



Coseismic debris remains in the orogen despite a decade of enhanced landsliding

L. Dai, G. Scaringi, X. Fan, A. P. Yunus, J. Liu‐Zeng, Q. Xu, R. Huang

Full text download: Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL095850 (2021).


Dissolution and reprecipitation of garnet during eclogite facies metamorphism; major and trace elements transfer during atoll garnet formation

J. Kulhánek, S. W. Faryad, R. Jedlicka, M. Svojtka

Full text download: Journal of Petrology, egab077 (2021).


Magnetic domains oscillation in the brain with neurodegenerative disease

G. Kletetschka, R. Bazala, M. Takáč, E. Svecova

Full text download: Scientific Reports, 11, 714 (2021).



Analysis of the 2016–2018 fluid-injection induced seismicity in the High Agri Valley (Southern Italy) from improved detections using template matching

T. A. Stabile, J. Vlček, M. Wcisło, V. Serlenga

Full text download: Scientific Reports, 11, 20630 (2021).


Ground fissures within the Main Ethiopian Rift: Tectonic, lithological and piping controls

J. Valenta, K. Verner, K. Martínek, T. Hroch, D. Buriánek, L. A. Megerssa, J. Boháč, M. Kassa, F. Legesse, M. Yakob, B. Kebede, J. Málek

Full text download: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, (2021).


On the behavior of monopiles subjected to multiple episodes of cyclic loading and reconsolidation in cohesive soils

J. Duque, M. Ochmański, D. Mašín, Y. Hong, L. Wang

Full text download: Computers and Geotechnics 134, 104049 (2021). 


Constitutive model for monotonic and cyclic loading on anisotropic clays

W. Fuentes, D. Mašín, J. Duque

Full text download: Géotechnique 71, 657 (2021).


A Fast Method for Modelling A Gamma-Ray Field over Inhomogeneous Ground Sources

O. Šálek

Full text download: Surveys in Geophysics 42, 427 (2021).



No more blind dates with calcite: Fluid-flow vs. fault-slip along the Očkov thrust, Prague Basin

N. M. W. Roberts, J. Žák, F. Vacek, J. Sláma

Full text downlad: Geoscience Frontiers 12, 101143 (2021).


Metal(loid)s remobilization and mineralogical transformations in smelter-polluted savanna soils under simulated wildfire conditions

M. Tuhý, V. Ettler, J. Rohovec, Š. Matoušková, M. Mihaljevič, B. Kříbek, B. Mapani

Full text download: Journal of Environmental Management 293, 112899 (2021).


Distributed crustal shortening followed by transpressional shearing in the Superior Province, northeastern Canada: A Late Archean analogy to modern accretionary plate margins?

J. Žák, F. Tomek, M. Svojtka, F. Vacek, V. Kachlík, L. Ackerman, J. Ježek, M. S. Petronis

Full text download: Precambrian Research 362, 106322 (2021).


Effect of fO2 on Eu partitioning between clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and basaltic melt: Development of a Eu3+/Eu2+ oxybarometer

A. Fabbrizio, M. W. Schmidt, M. Petrelli

Full text download: Chemical Geology 559, 119967 (2021).



Oroclinal buckling and associated lithospheric-scale material flow – insights from physical modelling: Implication for the Mongol-Hingan orocline

O. Krýza, O. Lexa, K. Schulmann, A. Guy, D. Gapais, J. Cosgrove, W. Xiao

Full text download: Tectonophysics 800, 228712 (2021).





Marginal dentition and multiple dermal jawbones as the ancestral condition of jawed vertebrates

V. Vaškaninová, P. Tafforeau, Z. Johanson, B. Ekrt, H. Blom, P. E. Ahlberg

Full text download: Science 369, 211 (2020). 


High-temperature overprint in (U)HPM rocks exhumed from subductionzones; A product of isothermal decompression or a consequence of slabbreak-off(slab rollback)?

S.W. Faryad, S.J. Cuthbert

Full text download: Earth-Science Reviews 202, 103108 (2020). 


Detrital zircon geochronology and processes in accretionary wedges

J. Žák, M. Svojtka, J. Hajná, L. Ackerman

Full text download: Earth-Science Reviews 207, 103214 (2020). 



Automated mineralogy for quantification and partitioning of metal(loid)s in particulates from mining/smelting-polluted soils

M. Tuhý, T. Hrstka, V. Ettler

Full text downlad: Environmental Pollution 266, 115118 (2020). 


Experimental determination of remanent magnetism of dusty ice deposits

Y. Grossman, O. Aharonson, R. Shaar, G. Kletetschka 

Full text download: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 545, 116408 (2020). 


A microdestructive method using dye-coated-probe to visualize capillary, diffusion and evaporation zones in porous materials

T. Weiss, J. Mareš, M. Slavík, J. Bruthans

Full text download: Science of the Total Environment 704, 135339 (2020). 


The potential wildfire effects on mercury remobilization from topsoils and biomass in a smelter-polluted semi-arid area

M. Tuhý, J. Rohovec, Š. Matoušková, M. Mihaljevič, B. Kříbek, A. Vaněk, B. Mapani, J. Göttlicher, R. Steininger, J. Majzlan, V. Ettler

Full text download: Chemosphere 247, 125972 (2020). 



Recovery of residual anhydrous clinker in finely ground recycled concrete

Z. Prošek, J. Trejbal, V. Nežerka, V. Goliáš, M. Faltus, P. Tesárek

Full text download: Resources, Conservation and Recycling 155, 104640 (2020). 


Revisiting strength concepts and correlations with soil index properties: insights from the Dobkovičky landslide in Czech Republic

J. Roháč, G. Scaringi, J. Boháč, P. Kycl, J. Najser 

Full text download: Landslides 17, 597 (2020). 



Multi‐stage metamorphism by progressive accretion of continental blocks, example from the Western Hindu Kush

H. Moiny, S. W. Faryad, R. Čopjaková, R. Jedlička

Full text download: Journal of Metamorphic Geology 17, 597 (2020). 


Re-evaluating the phylogenetic position of the enigmatic early Cambrian deuterostome Yanjiahella

S. Zamora, D. F. Wright, R. Mooi, B. Lefebvre, T. E. Guensburg , P. Gorzelak, B. David, C. D. Sumrall, R. S. Cole, W. A. Hunter, J. Sprinkle, J. R. Thompson, T. A. M. Ewin, O. Fatka, E. Nardin, M. Reich, M. Nohejlová, I. A. Rahman

Full text download: Nature Communications 11, 1 (2020). 


Electric discharge evidence found in a new class of material in the Chicxulub ejecta

G. Kletetschka, A. Ocampo Uria, V. Zila, T. Elbra 

Full text download: Scientific Reports 10, 9035 (2020). 



Clay and alunite-rich materials in painting grounds of prominent Italian masters – Caravaggio and Mattia Preti

D. Hradil, J. Hradilová, G. Lanterna, M. Galeotti, K. Holcová, V. Jaques, P. Bezdička 

Full text download: Applied Clay Science 185, 105412 (2020). 


Constitutive model for monotonic and cyclic loading on anisotropic clays

W. Fuentes, D. Mašín, J. Duque

Full text download: Géotechnique (2020). 



Measurements and calculations of seasonal evaporation rate from bare sandstone surfaces: Implications for rock weathering

M. Slavík, J. Bruthans, T. Weiss, J. Schweigstillová

Full text download: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 17, 597 (2020). 


Deducing Crystallization Sequence of Magmas from Spatial Distribution of Crystals in Rocks

V. Špillar

Full text download: Journal of Petrology 61, egaa019 (2020). 


Vanadium in slags from smelting of African Pb-Zn vanadate ores: Mineralogy, extractability and potential recovery

V. Ettler, A. Jarošíková, M. Mihaljevič, B. Kříbek, I. Nyambe, F. Kamona, B. Mapani

Full text download: Journal of Geochemical Exploration 218, 106631 (2020). 


Evaluation of handheld and portable Raman spectrometers with different laser excitation wavelengths for the detection and characterization of organic minerals

F. Košek, A. Culka, A. Rousaki, P. Vandenabeele, J. Jehlička

Full text download: Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 243, 118818 (2020). 





Oral bioaccessibility of metal(loid)s in dust materials from mining areas of northern Namibia

V. Ettler, M. Cihlová, A. Jarošíková, M. Mihaljevič, P. Drahota, B. Kříbek, A. Vaněk, V. Penížek, O. Sracek, M. Klementová, Z. Engel, F. Kamona, B. Mapani

Full text download: Environment International 124, 205 (2019). 


A giant late Precambrian chert-bearing olistostrome discovered in the Bohemian Massif: A record of Ocean Plate Stratigraphy (OPS) disrupted by mass-wasting along an outer trench slope

J. Hajná, J. Žák, L. Ackerman, M. Svojtka, J. Pašava

Full text download: Gondwana Research 74, 173 (2019). 


Architecture and composition of ocean floor subducted beneath northern Gondwana during Neoproterozoic to Cambrian: A palinspastic reconstruction based on Ocean Plate Stratigraphy (OPS)

L. Ackerman, J. Hajná, J. Žák, V. Erban, J. Sláma, L. Polák, V. Kachlík, L. Strnad, J. Trubač

Full text download: Gondwana Research 76, 77 (2019). 



Climatically-driven cyclicity and peat formation in fluvial setting of the Moscovian – Early Kasimovian Cracow Sandstone Series, Upper Silesia (Poland)

S. Opluštil, R. Lojka, N. Rosenau, L.Strnad, A.Kędzior

Full text downlad: International Journal of Coal Geology 212, 103234 (2019). 


Evolution of natural rock arches: A realistic small-scale experiment

J. Řihošek, M. Slavík, J. Bruthans, M. Filippi

Full text download: Geology 47, 71 (2019). 


Microbial sulfidogenesis of arsenic in naturally contaminated wetland soil

M. Knappová, P. Drahota, L. Falteisek, A. Culka, V. Penížek, J. Trubač, M. Mihaljevič, T. Matoušek

Full text download: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 267, 33 (2019). 


Geochemistry of thermal waters and arsenic enrichment at Antsirabe, Central Highlands of Madagascar

O. Sracek, J.-J. Rahobisoa, J. Trubač, F. Buzek, S.A. Andriamamonjy, R.A.Rambeloson

Full text download: Journal of Hydrology 577, 123895 (2019). 



Comparison of Miniaturized Raman Spectrometers for Discrimination of Carotenoids of Halophilic Microorganisms

J. Jehlička, A. Culka, L. Mana, A. Oren

Full text download: Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 1155 (2019). 


Active tectonics in the Cheb Basin: youngest documented Holocene surface faulting in Central Europe?

P. Štěpančíková, T. Fischer, J. Stemberk jr., L. Nováková, F. Hartvich, P.M. Figueiredo

Full text download: Geomorphology 327, 472 (2019). 



Emplacement dynamics of syn-collapse ring dikes: An example from the Altenberg-Teplice caldera, Bohemian Massif

F. Tomek, J. Žák, M. Svojtka, F. Finger, M. Waitzinger

Full text download: GSA Bulletin 131, 997 (2019). 


Compositional zoning in garnet and its modification by diffusion during pressure and temperature changes in metamorphic rocks; an approach and software

S. W. Faryad, J. Ježek

Full text download: Lithos 332-333, 287 (2019). 


Tracing the metal dynamics in semi-arid soils near mine tailings using stable Cu and Pb isotopes

M. Mihaljevič, R. Baieta, V. Ettler, A. Vaněk, B. Kříbek, V. Penížek, P. Drahota, J. Trubač, O. Sracek, V. Chrastný, B.S. Mapani 

Full text download: Chemical Geology 515, 61 (2019). 



Protracted Multipulse Emplacement of a Postresurgent Pluton: The Case of Platoro Caldera Complex (Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field, Colorado)

F. Tomek, A.K. Gilmer, M.S. Petronis, P.W. Lipman, M.S. Foucher 

Full text download: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20, 5225 (2019). 


Analyzing carotenoids of snow algae by Raman microspectroscopy and high-performance liquid chromatography

K. Osterrothová, A. Culka, K. Němečková, D. Kaftan, L. Nedbalová, L. Procházková, J. Jehlička

Full text download: Spectrochimica Acta Part A 212, 262 (2019). 



Two-stage garnet growth in coesite eclogite from the southeastern Papua New Guinea (U)HP terrane and its geodynamic significance

S.W. Faryad, S.L. Baldwin, R. Jedlicka, J. Ježek

Full text download: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 174, 73 (2019). 


Inventory of Key Geosites in the Butajira Volcanic Field: Perspective for the First Geopark in Ethiopia

L. Megerssa, V. Rapprich, R. Novotný, K. Verner, V. Erban, F. Legesse, M. Manaye

Full text download: Geoheritage 11, 1643 (2019). 





Late Palaeozoic palaeomagnetic and tectonic constraints for amalgamation of Pangea supercontinent in the European Variscan belt

J.B. Edel, K. Schulmann, O. Lexa, J.M. Lardeaux

Full text download: Earth-Science Reviews 177, 589 (2018). 


Arcades: Products of stress-controlled and discontinuity-related weathering

M. Filippi, J. Bruthans, J. Řihošek, M. Slavík, J. Adamovič, D. Mašín

Full text download: Earth-Science Reviews 180, 159 (2018). 


Transformation of arsenic-rich copper smelter flue dust in contrasting soils: A 2-year field experiment

A. Jarošíková, V. Ettler, M. Mihaljevič, V. Penížek, T. Matoušek, A. Culka, P. Drahota

Full text download: Environmental Pollution 237, 83 (2018). 



Copper isotopic record in soils and tree rings near a copper smelter, Copperbelt, Zambia

M. Mihaljevič, A. Jarošíková, V. Ettler, A. Vaněk, V. Penížek, B. Kříbek, V. Chrastný, O. Sracek, J. Trubač, M. Svoboda, I. Nyambe

Full text downlad: Science of the Total Environment 621, 9 (2018). 


Magnetization of Extraterrestrial Allende material may relate to terrestrial descend

G. Kletetschka

Full text download: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 487, 1 (2018). 


Use of sodium fluorescein dye to visualize the vaporization plane within porous media

T. Weiss, M. Slavík, J. Bruthans

Full text download: Journal of Hydrology 565, 331 (2018). 


The Krásná Hora, Milešov, and Příčovy Sb-Au ore deposits, Bohemian Massif: mineralogy, fluid inclusions, and stable isotope constraints on the deposit formation

M. Němec, J. Zachariáš

Full text download: Mineralium Deposita 53, 225 (2018). 



Platinum-Group Elements and Gold in Base Metal Sulfides, Platinum-Group Minerals, and Re-Os Isotope Compositions of the Uitkomst Complex, South Africa

J. Trubač, L. Ackerman, Ch. Gauert, J. Ďurišová, T. Hrstka

Full text download: Economic Geology 113, 439 (2018). 


Origin of honeycombs: Testing the hydraulic and case hardening hypotheses

J. Bruthans, M. Filippi, M. Slavík, E. Svobodová

Full text download: Geomorphology 303, 68 (2018). 



How far did the Cadomian ʽterranesʼ travel from Gondwana during early Palaeozoic? A critical reappraisal based on detrital zircon geochronology

J. Žák, J. Sláma

Full text download: International Geology Review 60, 319 (2018). 


Using a portable Raman spectrometer to detect carotenoids of halophilic prokaryotes in synthetic inclusions in NaCl, KCl, and sulfates

J. Jehlička, A. Culka, L. Mana, A. Oren

Full text download: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 410, 4437 (2018). 


Oral bioaccessibility of inorganic contaminants in waste dusts generated by laterite Ni ore smelting

V. Ettler, L. Polák, M. Mihaljevič, G. Ratié, J. Garnier, C. Quantin

Full text download: Environmental Geochemistry and Health 40, 1699 (2018). 



Bioaccessibility of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn in mine waste, urban soil, and road dust in the historical mining village of Kaňk, Czech Republic

P. Drahota, K. Raus, E. Rychlíková, J. Rohovec

Full text download: Environmental Geochemistry and Health 40, 1495 (2018). 


Emplacement History of the Miocene Zebín Tuff Cone (Czech Republic) Revealed From Ground Geophysics, Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility, Paleomagnetic, and 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Data

M. Petronis, J. Valenta, V. Rapprich, J. Lindline, M. Heizler, B. van Wyk de Vries, S. Shields, J. Balek, L. Fojtíková, P. Tábořík

Full text download: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 19, 3764 (2018). 







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