The GEUS palynology, nannofossil, and microfossil Arctic slide collection

Henrik Nøhr-Hansen, Stefan Piasecki, Kasia Sliwinska, Sofie Lindström, Emma Sheldon, Karen Dybkjær, Annette Ryge, Charlotte Olsen, Peter Alsen, John Boserup

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Since 1976 more than 25,000 Arctic sediment samples have been processed for their palynological, nannofossil, or microfossil content at the Geological Survey of Greenland (GGU) and the Geological Survey of Denmark (DGU); both institutes are now merged into the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). The samples represent nearly all ages from the Neoproterozoic to the Neogene, though dominated by the Mesozoic. A large proportion of the samples were processed for palynomorphs. Up to ten slides have been produced for each palynological sample and usually one slide is produced for each nannofossil and microfossil sample, making the GEUS collection one of the largest Arctic slide collections with more than 200,000 slides. All type specimens and some specimens illustrated in publications listed here have been assigned MGUH numbers (Museum Geologica Universitas Hafniensis) and are housed in the type collection of the Geological Museum of the University of Copenhagen, now part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
Original languageDanish
Pages (from-to)322-352
Number of pages31
JournalCollections: A journal for Museum and Archives Professionals
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

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