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KTB at Windischeschenbach


 KTB VB Drill Rig  KTB HB Drill Rig

 KTB Pilot Hole

 KTB Main Hole

The two super-deep boreholes (4000 m and 9101 m) of the German Continental Deep Drilling Program are worldwide unique masterstrokes of drilling engineering. It yielded essential insights in the structure and processes of the upper crust of the Earth. For this reason it is one of the most important geoscientific and geotechnical research projects.

The great success in geosciences and drilling engineering induced the scientists to establish the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP).



Europe, Germany, Bavaria, Upper Palantine, Windischeschenbach



       49° 48' 55.38'' N   12° 07' 13.01'' E


Project Start and End


Programs and Funding


Principal Investigators
  • Rolf Emmermann, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Scientific Executive
  • Heinrich Rischmüller (?), Geological Survey of Lower Saxony, Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie


Partners and Contractors



Bavaria, Collision Zones, Convergent Margins, Deep Biosphere, Germany, KTB, Thermal Regimes, Upper Palantine, Windischeschenbach


Current State



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