EGU23-11536, updated on 26 Feb 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides in Danube sediments record vertical movement in a transect from the Eastern Alpine Foreland into the Vienna Basin (Austria)

Stephanie Neuhuber1, Zsófia Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger2, Régis Braucher3, Bernhard Salcher4, Esther Hintersberger5, Wolfgang Thöny6, Philipp Strauss6, Sabine Grupe7, Thomas Payer7, Sandra Braumann1, Christopher Lüthgens1, and Markus Fiebig1
Stephanie Neuhuber et al.
  • 1Institute of Applied Geology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Vienna, Austria (
  • 2Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, ELKH, Budapest, Hungary (
  • 3Aix-Marseille University, CEREGE, CNRS-IRD UM34, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 4Department of Environment and Biodiversity, Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (
  • 5Department of Geological Mapping, Geosphere Austria, Vienna, Austria
  • 6OMV Exploration & Production GmbH, Vienna, Austria
  • 7Wiener Gewässer Management GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Quaternary landscape evolution in the Vienna Basin and the adjacent area west of its subsiding area is controlled by sediment redeposition, aggradation and erosion of the Danube, local normal faulting, and overall regional uplift. Glacial - interglacial climate dynamics highly influence the hydrodynamics and amount of sediment transport. Over the last 9 years sediments exposed during construction and drilling as well as from surface outcrops were sampled for cosmogenic nuclide age determination and uplift/incision rate calculation.

The Vienna Gate marks the transition of the Danube alluvial plain in the west (Tullnerfeld) into the extensional structure of the Vienna Basin. At this border, the Danube flows on top of an approximately 2 km wide segment of Penninic Flysch units before it enters the Vienna Basin to the east. Within the transtensional structure of the Vienna Basin, several fault blocks record local uplift and subsidence. Outside of the Vienna Basin, regional uplift is documented by fluvial terrace deposits at elevated positions located at different heights above the recent Danube riverbed.

The current status and tectonic context of numerical ages ranging between 250 kyr and 3 Ma will be presented in detail at the conference. Few locations appear to be sedimentologically unsuitable for cosmogenic nuclide burial age dating, those scenarios will be explored and discussed.


Funding: HJS 318325/2018; OMAA 90ou17; OMAA 98ou17; NKFIH FK124807

How to cite: Neuhuber, S., Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Z., Braucher, R., Salcher, B., Hintersberger, E., Thöny, W., Strauss, P., Grupe, S., Payer, T., Braumann, S., Lüthgens, C., and Fiebig, M.: Terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides in Danube sediments record vertical movement in a transect from the Eastern Alpine Foreland into the Vienna Basin (Austria), EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-11536,, 2023.