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  Stevns Klint
  Denmark

Added:
august 2004
Last Modified:
july 2006

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Location description

Stevns Klint stretches from Præstoskov in the north to Rødvig in the south. Stevns Klint is famous for its exposure of the Cretaceous / Paleogene boundary layer. This boundary layer marks the impact of a meteorite on the Yucatan peninsula at the end of the Cretaceous period. The impact of this meteorite is the most likely cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs and ammonites. The boundary layer is a thin clay layer in which Iridium has been found. The element Iridium is one of the components of meteorites. Above the claylayer there are limenstonelayers with flint.

The cliff is about 14 kilometer long and stretches from Bøgeskov Havn in the north to Rødvig in the south. The highest point is at the lighthouse Stevns Fyr (41 meters). In 1928 part of the Højerup church ended up un the sea due to a massive landslide here. Here you can also visit the museum. There is paid parking.

At Højerup is the Stevn's Museum. There is also a fossil exhibition. The adress is Højerup Bygade 38 Højerup.

The northern part of the cliff can be viewed at Holtug Kridtbrud. From her you can walk the difficult path to the beach. On the beach and on the eroded slopes you can find fossils in the rocks on the beach.

At the southern edge of the cliff there is an old quarry called Boesdal. This quarry is located about 1 kilometer from Rødvig. Here you can see the folded limestone layers. From here you can walk along the beach to Rødvig. The claylayer is not visible here, because is is under sealevel.

There is also an active quarry just east of Sigerslev (Stevns Kridtverk). This village is located northwest of Stevns Klint. Exposed are: Danian bryozoa limestone, the KT-boundary layer, and soft limestone from the Maastrichtian. The bryozoa limestone and the soft limestone contain many fossils. Sea urchins and brachiopods are most common. The KT-boundary layer is known for its fish remains. When you see this thin clay layer, take some of it home and put it through a 0.5 millimeter sieve.

The Sigerslev quarry is operated by the same company as the one in Fakse. After working hours there is no trouble getting access to the quarry.


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The K/T boundary at Stevns Klint. Photo: © J. Smit
Added by: admin on 22-03-2012

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Directions

Stevns Klint is located on the island of Sjælland in Denmark. From the road to Copenhagen take exit Fakse (road 154). Follow the signs to Store Heddinge and Stevns Klint.

  • A Korsnæb Only Danian exposed. On the beach you can find small fossils.
  • B Boesdal Former quarry Boesdal. Only Danian exposed. Beautifull spot, but not much to find. On the beach here you can find small fossils.
  • C Højerup Kirke Most famous spot of Stevns Klint. In 1928 part of the church collapsed into the sea.
  • D Stevns Kridtværk This active quarry is located just east of Sigerslev. Danian and K/T boundary exposed.
  • E Holtug Groeve Old quarry northeast of Sigerslev. Danian, K/T boundary exposed. Look for fossils on the eroded slopes at the beach.
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Finds

Bryozoans, sea urchins. Sigerslev: Brachiopods, fish remains, sea urchins (also loose spines and whole regular sea urchins!).

There are 5 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Stevns Klint Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • Birkelund, T., 1993: Ammonites from the Maastrichtian White Chalk of Denmark.
    Bulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark 40, 33-81.
    Added by FossilDude
  • Hansen, T. & Surlyk, F., 2014: Marine macrofossil communities in the uppermost Maastrichtian chalk of Stevns Klint, Denmark
    Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 399, 323–344
    Added by FossilDude
  • Jan S. Adolfssen & David J. Ward, 2013: Crossing the boundary: an elasmobranch fauna from Stevns Klint, Denmark
    Palaeontology, pp. 11-39. doi: 10.1111/pala.12079
    Added by FossilDude

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Other locations in the area

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Fossil location: Store Damme
Museum: GeoCenter Møns Klint
Museum: Geologisk Museum Statens Naturhistoriske Museum
Museum: Geomuseum Faxe
Museum: Stevns Museum
Society: Stenvennerne: Gladsaxe School
Society: Trilobiten Falsters Stenklub: Stubbekøbing bibliotek

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Thanks to Taco Geertsema for his contribution to this description.

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