Berlin Underground

The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection is presenting Berlin’s geological model as an interactive, 3D application. The large touch screen visualises the movement and melting of glaciers during the ice age, processes that shaped Berlin’s terrain as we know it today. This display offers information on the various subterranean layers upon which the city of Berlin sits, including layers that date back to the quaternary and tertiary periods. In addition, visitors can undertake their own virtual drilling projects and explore how the city’s subterranean layers vary across different locations.

What’s under your feet right this moment? Sure, there’s the fabulously retro CityLAB carpet, and probably a fair amount of concrete under that. But if you look further – 10, 100, 1000 meters below the ground – what would you find then?

This interactive table from the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection offers users a chance to explore layers of various rock types that make up the Earth’s crust underneath Berlin, with the variety of layers representing the tens of thousands of years of geological history. You can rotate the map to get a better perspective of how these layers vary across the city, or you can select a location on the map (say, Platz der Luftbrücke) and virtually bore into the ground to get an image of what kinds of rock layers exist right under your feet.