Alexander Volker Altenbach was born in 1953 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Alex attended school in Königstein/Taunus, where he passed his Abitur in 1974. He then studied Geology and Paleontology at Goethe University, Frankfurt. During an internship on an oil rig in Denmark, he first experienced a professional working environment and the adventures of hydrocarbon exploration in the North Sea. For his diploma thesis Alex worked on the stratigraphy and tectonics of the Sierra de Montgai, in the Pyrenees, Spain, under the supervision of Rolf Schroeder, Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt/M. The subject comprised a genuine geological mapping exercise and biostratigraphic dating of the...

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