The Vestjylland UNESCO Global Geopark is the first Danish GEOfood member!

Country: Denmark

Geopark  West  Jutland  is located  in  the  Central  Denmark  Region  and  includes  the  three municipalities  Lemvig,  Struer  and  Holstebro,  a  part  of  the  Limfjord  and  extends  about  50  km offshore into the North Sea to also include part of the Jutland Reef. The Geopark has a total area of 4,759 km2. Of this, the land area makes up 1,560 km2, marine areas in the Limfjord covers 425 km2and marine areas in the North Sea covers the remaining 2,775 km2.

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: 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 thatcharacterize the west coast of Denmark.  It was however, during the last ice age –the Main Advance that tookplace 23.000 -21.000years ago when the ice reached its maximum extent –that most of the landscape in the geopark was formed.

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