Lower Palaeozoic stratigraphy of the East Greenland Caledonides

M. Paul Smith, Jan Audun Rasmussen, Steve Robertson, A.K. Higgins, A. Graham Leslie

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The Lower Palaeozoic stratigraphy of the East Greenland Caledonides, from the fjord region of North-East Greenland northwards to Kronprins Christian Land, is reviewed and a number of new lithostratigraphical units are proposed. The Slottet Formation (new) is a Lower Cambrian quartzite unit, containing Skolithos burrows, that is present in the Målebjerg and Eleonore Sø tectonic windows, in the nunatak region of North-East Greenland. The unit is the source of common and often-reported glacial erratic boulders containing Skolithos that are distributed throughout the fjord region. The Målebjerg Formation (new) overlies the Slottet Formation in the tectonic windows, and comprises limestones and dolostones of assumed Cambrian-Ordovician age. The Lower Palaeozoic succession of the fjord region of East Greenland (dominantly limestones and dolostones) is formally placed in the Kong Oscar Fjord Group (new). Amendments are proposed for several existing units in the Kronprins Christian Land and Lambert Land areas, where they occur in autochthonous, parautochthonous and allochthonous settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalGeological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2004


  • Early Palaeozoic
  • North-East Greenland
  • Stratigraphy

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 4: Mineral Resources


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