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Prof. Dr. Augusto Gansser-Biaggi
Augusto Gansser-Biaggi, born in Milano in 1910, geologist, scientist, researcher and teacher, played an eminent role in determining the geological structures of the Himalaya. Augusto Gansser's interpretation of the Indus-Tsangpo suture as an oceanic remnant between two colliding continental masses was instrumental in explaining the origin of the Asiatic mountain belts. His monographs on the “Geology of the Himalaya” (1964) and the “Geology of the Bhutan Himalaya” (1983) have become classics in descriptive geology. Augusto Gansser has participated in scientific expeditions to East Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Patagonia, the Antarctic, the Central-Asiatic regions of Russia, the arctic Ural, China, Tibet, and the frontier ranges of Brazil, Venezuela and British Guyana, as well as to the Colombian Andes and has made various first ascents of mountains, partly on skis for the first time. Augusto Gansser died in 2012.

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