Greenland Talk

We were delighted to have our Vice-Chairman, Ian Parsons, talk on Wednesday evening about his visits to Greenland, geological mapping and collecting over 47 years. He worked for the Geological Survey of Greenland  (GGU)  or on behalf of Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities often with GGU support. He has visited areas from the extreme South to the far North of Greenland, overcoming adverse situations such as blizzards, tents being blown away and falling down a crevasse. Most of the expeditions were for collecting important and exciting rocks, particularly in the Gardar Rift in SW Greenland, and volcanic rocks from East Greenland and Peary Land in the far North. Greenland has the oldest known sedimentary rocks as well as the oldest fossils. The first evidence of free water on planet earth is found at Isua in West Greenland with pillow lavas in the Isua Supracrustal Belt. Kap Morris Jesup, at the northern tip of Greenland, is the closest land to the North Pole, on the edge of the frozen Polar Ocean. The southern tip of Greenland, Kap Farvel, is at the same latitude as the Shetland Islands.

The picture below: Ian Parsons on the LHS pulling his sledge with 1000m high basalt cliffs in the background.