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The oceanic glaciation of the Faroe Islands

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Leader: Lis Mortensen (
lis.mortensen@jardfeingi.fo), Jarðfeingi (Faroese Earth and Energy Directorate), Hoyvik, Faroe Islands.

This trip will focus on the impact of quaternary climate changes on the landscapes of the Faroe Islands, both onshore and offshore.

The Faroe Islands as a group of small islands built up by tertiary basaltic lavas have a key location within the North Atlantic current as part of the termohaline circulation. With this combination of settings the Faroe Islands present a unique archive of information about glaciation in an oceanic environment in an important corridor where climate changes may have global significance.

In a number of ways the glaciation of the Faroe Islands differs from the neighbouring areas in the North Atlantic region, such as Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Norway. For instance the land area was very small, the ice thickness limited, the isostatic adjustments were small if any and the islands may have experienced the full range of sea level changes.

This excursion will include sites of particular importance to the understanding of the oceanic glaciation represented in the Faroe Islands. The trip will offer hiking and diving opportunities for those who want this, as well as travel by means of helicopter and speed boats depending on the weather. The emphasis of the trip can be adapted to the interests of participants.

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Excursion no. 7
START/END: Tòrshavn/
Tòrshavn, Faroe Icelands
DURATION: 6 days
TIME: 15 - 20 August
Fully booked