The Geology of East Greenland
May 18th (Tuesday), 5 p.m., Via Zoom (online) – Open to Public. Presentation: “The Geology of East Greenland”, Presented by James Cresswell, Geo World Travel.
80% of Greenland is covered by ice and, in places, this is up to 3.4km thick, so it might not immediately spring to mind as a place to go to observe rocks. However, it is a huge country and has an ice-free area of 410,000km2, which is generally sparsely vegetated, leaving the rocks beautifully exposed and the geology incredibly easy to see. The area of East Greenland around Scoresby Sund, Kong Oscar and Kejser Franz Joseph Fjords is the largest ice-free area in Greenland. It has incredible geodiversity, with basement rocks as old as three billion years, an almost complete sedimentary record of the last 1.6byrs and huge volumes of flood basalts from the splitting of the Atlantic. This talk will take you on a virtual tour of the geological diversity of this fascinating and spectacular part of the world.