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december 2002
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Location description

The island of Mors in the Limfjords consists of diatoms and volcanic ash sediments from the Eocene (part of the Paleogene period). The ash was deposited in water. Therefore water animals were suddenly buried in the ash. Fossils from the Moler are quite rare!

The ash came from a volcano in the Kattegat in the Eocene period. The layers were folded due to the force of the ice in several ice-ages.

There is a fossil museum (molermuseet) on Mors (opposite the Skarrehage quarry) where you can see many fossils. This is close to the Eggesundsbridge on the north of Mors. In the museum they can help you with the identification of your own fossils. The adress of the museum is Skarrehagevej 8, Hesselbjerg. See also the Museum website.

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Hanklit on Mors.
Added by: Gunther on 21-03-2012

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Mors is located in the Limfjords in the north of Jutland, Denmark. There are several cliffs where the volcanic ash layers are easy accessible.

  • Hanklit
    The Hanklit is the most impressive cliff in the Limfjords area and is 61 metres high. At the beach you also can find fossils from other geologic periods (i.e. Cretaceous).
  • Ejerslev quarry This quarry has been in use since 100 years. After working hours it is no problem to collect fossils here. You can also find calcite cristals.
  • Skarrehage quarry This quarry is located in the north of Mors. Opposite this quarry is a museum where you can see all the fossils that can be found in the Moler sediments. At the museum you can rent geolological hammers. You can try for yourself in the quarry to find for example a fossil fish. At the nearby coest you can see the Feggeklit.
  • Skærbæk Klint From Nykøbing take road 581 to the north. At Sejerslev go left in direction Skanderup. Follow the road to the coast. Walk south along the beach to the cliff. The cliff consists of Eocene Moler, glacial deposits and Oligocene clay. Gastropods, fish remains, shark teeth, and concretions with fossils (gastropods, crabs possible) can be found.
  • Silstrup Hoved Not on the Mors island, but because of the similar Molar deposits described here. For location, see delailed map 1, upper left. From Vilsund Vest take road 26 in direction Thisted. After about 5 km go right in direction for the Lifjord. Park at the coast and walk north top the cliff. The coastal cliff consists of Eocene Moler and Oligocene clay and sandlayers. You can find fish remains, gastropods and shark teeth.
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On the island of Mors you can find fossil fisher and other water creatures from the Eocene (part of the Paleogene period). You can also find plant remains. Sometimes insects are found also.

At the pebble beaches you can find flint sea urchins from the Cretaceous period.

There are 8 photographs of fossils from this location in our Fossil ID System.
Go to the Mors Species List to identify your own finds!

Literature recommended by members

  • Kahlke, J., C. Neumann, & S. Taake, 2009: Haufige und nicht-alltagliche irregulare Seeigel vom Limfjord. Der Geschiebesammler 42-3
    Algemene en zeldzame irregulaire zeeegels die te vinden zijn op Mors worden afgebeeld en beschreven. Duitstalig
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  • Madsen, L., 1993: Strandsteine aus Danemark/Danish beach pebbles
    Er wordt vooral aandacht geschonken aan de verschillende gesteenten die het kiezelstrand van bijvoorbeeld Mors vullen, hun ouderdom en herkomst, maar ook zeer kort een fossiele zeeegelsteenkernen.
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  • Pedersen, S.S., G. K. Pedersen & P. Noe, 1994: Mo-clay on Mors
    Verschillende aspecten van de Molerlagen op Mors worden besproken, zoals ontstaan en fossielinhoud. Engelstalig.
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Other locations in the area

Fossil location: Bulbjerg 1 (Skarreklit / Bulbjerg)
Fossil location: Bulbjerg 2 (Klim Bjerg)
Fossil location: Ertebølle Høved
Fossil location: Fur 1 (Knudeklint)
Fossil location: Fur 2 (groeves)
Fossil location: Fur 3 (Østklint)
Fossil location: Fur 4 (Stolleklint)
Fossil location: Fur 5 (grind / pebbles)
Fossil location: Hanstholm (Kaellingdal)
Fossil location: Hanstholm (Roshage)
Fossil location: Harre 1 (Sesterode)
Fossil location: Harre 2 (Hjerk Bjerg)
Fossil location: Lodbjerg
Fossil location: Løgstør
Fossil location: Mogenstrup 1 (Lyby Strand)
Fossil location: Mogenstrup 2 (Øster Grønning Strand)
Fossil location: Mogenstrup 3 (Mogenstrup Klint)
Museum: Morslands Historiske Museum - Moler Museet


Thanks to Taco Geertsema for his contribution to this description.

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