Geological History of Greenland

Geological History of Greenland by Niels Henriksen 

Introduced by James Cresswell, a geologist from Felindre near Hay 

This is an extraordinary book that explains why Greenland looks the way it does, accompanied by stunning photography. East Greenland is a truly awe inspiring destination. There is an almost complete sedimentary succession stretching back for the last 1.5 billion years. Due to the incredible completeness of this record many of the Earth’s most important stories are featured in this book. On top of this the story is set in draw-dropping scenery, with the Northern Lights and wildlife such as the Polar Bear and Inuit Culture. Key geological stories featured in the book include 3 billion year old basement rocks, 1,900 m high stripy cliffs formed from 900 million years old sediments, Devonian sandstone where the famous fossils that link the amphibians to fish were found, Mesozoic rocks that have revealed dinosaurs and ammonites, columnar basalt in the lava flows from the splitting of the Atlantic and amazing icebergs and glaciers.

Read the book, and if you are inspired to visit Greenland and see the landscape for yourself, I lead tours there!

James Cresswell leads tours globally through his company GeoTravel, as well as tours from Hay and in the Brecon Beacons National Park under the banner of Scenery Explained Wales.

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