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Great samples and perfect views: Final field workshop of the SPP 1833 in Greenland

Group photo – part of the group is missing because of illness

For the final field workshop of the SPP 1833, researchers from all over Germany travelled to Greenland. Homebase of the 23 scientists was Nuuk, the small, but vibrant capital of Greenland. From there, the group travelled by boat to some of the very remote islands and fjords in the Nuuk region that are otherwise inaccessible. On the first day of the trip, Prof. Kristofer Szilas, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen, led the group to Akilia Island, where a metamorphosed supracrustal sequence contains layers rich in iron and silica. These are variously interpreted as banded iron formation, chemical sediments from submarine hot springs, or hydrothermal deposits. The following day trips led to, e.g., an abandoned olivine mine (Seqi), Sermitsiaq metasediments, Bjørneøen pillow lavas, Akia diorite and outcrops of anorthosite and metasediments in the Ameralik Fjord. Furthermore, whales, icebergs, waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes made this trip a memorable final event of our research initiative.

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  • Introductory talks on the first day of the field workshop.
  • Seqi Olive mine crosscut by younger pegmatitic dikes
  • Cm-sized garnets in a hydrothermal zone
  • One of the most remote and quiet working places in the world…
  • All outcrops were only accessible by boat.
  • Metamorphosed supracrustal sequence on Akilia Island
  • Discussions on Akilia Island