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About GEUS Nuuk

GEUS Nuuk brings knowledge about Greenland's geology closer to Greenland. Through education and dissemination GEUS Nuuk is participating in strengthen the local knowledge.

The exploration of Greenland's geology has been going on for more than 200 years. The Geological Survey of Greenland (GGU) was established in 1946, and in 1995 GGU merged with the Geological Survey of Denmark (DGU) and became the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). In 2013 GEUS celebrated 125 years of geological research in Denmark and Greenland. 

In 2013 GEUS established an office in Nuuk, securing a permanent base for GEUS' geologists in Greenland. The office assists authorities, population and companies with advice and scientific expertise on matters relating to raw materials and climate. To ensure a fruitful exchange of knowledge and skills between Greenland and Denmark, employees from the offices in Denmark will continuously visit the office in Nuuk.

Greenland's geology
Greenland's geological development spans over the entire history of the Earth: From the formation of the bedrock gneisses, which includes some of the Earth's oldest rocks, to the present glacial deposits and the Inland Ice itself. Greenland’s geological history includes periods with mountain range formation, openings of continents, isostatic uplift, erosion, deposition and volcanic eruptions.

Occurrences of raw materials with economically interesting elements such as gold, iron, copper, zinc and rare earth elements are found different places, and also gemstones of a quality that makes them worth mining. In both east and west the ocean around Greenland holds thick deposits of sand and clay derived from erosion of the continent. These may contain oil and gas, suitable for extraction. The Inland Ice and the glaciers are studied to follow climate change, but also to assess at the potential for exploitation of hydropower.

Outreach and arrangements 
Geological maps, rock samples, cores, analysis and miles of articles and reports are the tangible proof of GEUS' sustained geological research. With the office in Nuuk, this knowledge has become even closer to Greenland. The office provides, among other things, knowledge about the geology to the Greenland society and contributes to education in schools and educational institutions. GEUS Nuuk also makes expertise and knowledge available to the population, industry and authorities in Greenland.

GEUS Nuuk arranges talks on relevant subjects within GEUS' research areas. The office can also be ​contacted for a specific scientific topic, e.g. 'The Inland Ice now and 100 years ago' or 'Facts about mineral resources'​. Furthermore the office occasionally organizes geological field trips.


Address, visitor 
c/o Greenland Institute of Natural Resources 
3905 Nuusuaq

Address, mail
c/o Greenland Institute of Natural Resources 
P.O. Box 570
3900 Nuuk, Greenland




Kit Thorsøe

Kisser Thorsøe
Fastnet: +299 36 12 62
Mobil: +299 56 23 65

Majken D Poulsen

Majken D. Poulsen
Fastnet: +299 36 12 21
Mobil: +299 56 23 51

About GEUS Nuuk