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Geopark West Jutland
– a world class ice age landscape

The Geology of Geopark West Jutland

During the Quaternary period of Earth history, enormous ice sheets sculpted the impressive ice age landscapes that form the core of Geopark West Jutland. These landscapes mark the final period when the Earth was in a deep freezer and when the Scandinavian Ice Sheet extended from the mountains of Norway down to Denmark. In addition to the ice age landscapes there is a series of other landforms that developed after the end of the ice age by rivers and coastal processes, as well as by the powerful westerly winds that characterize the west coast of Denmark. There are also remains of older geological deposits from the Tertiary and the Quaternary in some of the cliffs.

The unique glacial landscape in western Jutland was mapped over 100 years ago by the geologist N.V. Ussing who identified, amongst other features, the Main Stationary Line as a marked boundary in the landscape between a hilly glacial landscape and flat outwash plains.
This landscape developed as a result of repeated ice ages that each contributed to its formation. It was, however, during the last ice age – the Main Advance that took place 23.000 - 21.000 years ago when the ice reached its maximum extent – that most of the landscape in Geopark West Jutland was formed.

You can read more starting on page 7 in Annex 2 of the application and you can explore the 48 selected geosites in this webpage.

1. The Bovbjerg profile

2. Lomborg

3. Fabjerg Church Road

4. Skodborg Huse

5. Salshøj - Sønderhede

6. Toftum Bjerge

7. Nørre Lem - Nørre Nissum

8. Bjerrum Arch

9. Breinholt Arch

10. Gimsing - Handbjerg

11. Ryde - Sevel

12. Nygård Hage

13. Lem Vig

14. Kilen - Hornet

15. Hellegård - Tunnel Valley

16. Stubbegård Sø - Flynder Lake

17. Lomborg - Bonnet - Heldum

18. Nørre Nissum - Fabjerg

19. Odby Till Plain

20. Klosterheden - Kronhede

21. The Storå Valley

22. Trælborgdalen

23. Fousing Valley

24. Burlund

25. Møborg Hill Island

26. Linde Hill Island – Sir Lyngbjerg

27. The Græm Profile

28. Venø Bugt

29. Veserne - Plet - Engbjerg

30. Sønder Lem Vig - Geddel Enge

31. Remmerstrand - Resen Kær

32. Hellerød Kær

33. Husby Klitplantage

34. Sønder Vosborg Hede

35. Idom Å and Ormstrup Hede

36. Skibsted Fjord - Kås Bredning

37. The West Coast

38. Nissum Fjord

39. Oddesund

40. Gjellerodde

41. Venø - Nørskov Vig

42. Odby Klint

43. Bjørndal Limestone Quarry

44. Hjerm Limestone Quarry

45. Sevel Limestone Quarry

46. Søndbjerg Strand

47. Hygum Bakke - Engbjerg Well-Field

48. The Underwater Landscape