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Ristinge Klint

Theme: Glacially dislocated coastal cliffs 

Locality: Ristinge Klint
Description of a supplementary Danish GeoSite

Primary identification

1. GeoSite no.:
GS - 4-3.

2. National locality no.:
NGI - 129.

3. GeoSite name:
Ristinge Klint.

4. Location:
Denmark; The Funen archipelago (Southern Langeland)

5. Co-ordinates UTM:
System ED50 Zone 32, x=603351, y=6076896.

6. Type of locality:
Coastal cliff exposure.

Primary geological features

7. Main topic:
Glacial stratigraphy and thrusting.

8. Geo(morpho)logy:
Repeated successions over 2 km of sea cliff in 34 tilted Late Weichselian thrust blocks with interbedded tills, meltwater deposits and lacustrine beds. The lake deposits are of a glossy clay variety (Det Blanke Ler) dating from the Eemian interglacial. They are overlain by the shallow marine Cyprina clay which was deposited i a relatively warm climate. Weichselian depositional incidents of till deposition are recorded from the Elder Baltic Glacier and the North West Glacier, which are seperated by meltwater- and eolian deposits. This succession was thrusted and overstepped by the Younger Baltic Glecher, which left local Weichselian tills, whereafter the Ice Push Event of the Belts left a drape of meltwater sand and gravel as the final glacial bed.

9. Frame / context:
Structural geology.

10. Chronostratigraphy:
Saale, Eem and Weichsel.

11. Primary value:
Glaciottectonic thrusting of flakes.

12. Comparative evaluation:
Informal typelocality for Weichsel stratigraphy in the Baltic Sea area, in which all Weichselian glacial pushes younger than the Eemian are documented.

13. Comparable GeoSites:
In Denmark: In Sønderby Klint, Southwestern Funen, a comparable glaciotectonically deformed section is visible. This exposure is, however, less impressive and the local Eemian deposits (bogs) are no longer exposed.

Supplementary data in support of the locality

14. Delineation on a map:

15. Higth of the GeoSite:
About 0-25 metres above mean sea level.

16. Area of the GeoSite:
ca. 0.5 km2.

17. Subordinate geological interests:
Sedimentology, Climatology.

18. "Non"-geo interests:
Holiday resort, Tourism.

19. References:
Andersen, S.A., 1933: Det danske Landskabs Historie. Danmarks Geologi i almenfatteligt Omrids. Levin og Mundsgaard, København.
Friis, H. & Larsen, G., 1975: Tungmineralogisk bidrag til forstlåelse af dannelsesforholdene for det Sydfynske hvide sand (Kvartær). Dansk Geologisk Forening, Årsskrift for 1974.
Houmark-Nielsen, M., 1987: Pleistocene stratigraphy and glacial history of the central part of Denmark. Bull. geol. Soc. Denmark, vol. 36, part 1-2.
Kristensen, P., Gibbard, P., Knudsen, K.L. & Ehlers, J., 2000: Late Interglacial stratigraphy at Ristinge Klint, South Denmark. Boreas, vol. 29.
Madsen, V., Nordmann, V. & Hartz, N., 1908: Eem-Zonerne. Studier over Cyprinaleret og andre Eem-Aflejringer i Danmark, Nordtyskland og Holland. Danm. Geol. Unders. 5 Rk., nr. 5.
Madsen, V., 1916: Ristinge Klint. Danm. Geol. Unders. 4 Rk., nr. 2.
Rosenkrantz, A., 1944: Nye Bidrag til Forståelse af Ristinge Klints Opbygning. Medd. Dansk geol. Foren., Bind 10.
Sjørring, S., Nielsen, P.E., Frederiksen, J., Hegner, J., Hyde, G., Jensen, J.B., Mogensen, A. & Vortish, W., 1982: Observationer fra Ristinge Klint, felt- og laboratorieundersøgelser. Dansk geol. Foren., Årsskrift for 1981.

20. Data sources, collections:

21. Illustrations:

22. Proposers:
Dansk Geologisk Forening & Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab.

23. Description by:
Based on a.o. the Great Danish Encyclopedia. Gyldendal. and larsen, G., 2002: Geologisk Set, Fyn og Øerne. En beskrivelse af områder af national geologisk interesse. 84-87.

24. Recommandation:
It is a GeoSite.

Sønderby Klint is supplementary to the Ristinge Klint locality.

26. Supplementary description:
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Theme: Glacially dislocated coastal cliffs
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