Geology of Greenland

Arthur Escher, W. Stuart Watt

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    Geology of Greenland aims to provide a concise modern account of nearly all aspects of Greenland's geology.

    A large part of the exposed bedrock in Greenland is formed of Precambrian crystalline rocks with great similarities to the Canadian and northern European shields; Phanerozoic rocks are widely represented in North and East Greenland. The excellent exposures in the marginal, mountainous strip, up to 250 km wide and 3000 m high surrounding the Inland Ice, have permitted the unravelling of a complex sequence of Precambrian events stretching back in time for nearly 4000 m.y., and including the oldest dated rocks in the world.

    For the most part each chapter describes a stratigraphical unit or a particular region, but special chapters are devoted to the oil prospects and economic geology of Greenland, as well as to the unique early vertebrate fauna. In the articles in this volume emphasis has been placed on our present knowledge, and the historical aspect of research has been reduced to a minimum.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen
    Number of pages603
    ISBN (Print)87-980404-0-5
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 1976


    • Greenland

    Programme Area

    • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources


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