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Stevns Klint

Stevns Klint is a coastal area in Denmark, located about 70 km south of Copenhagen. Stevns Klint is a white chalk cliff of 15 km in lenght andis a place of extreme geological and scientific value. Stevns Klint bears witness to the impacht of the Chicxulub meteorite who struck the Earth about 66 millions years ago. Researchers are convinced, that this meteorite impact has caused the largest mass extinction in the history, 50 % of all life on earth disapeared, including the dinosuars. The evidence of this dramatic period in the history of the Earth is hidden in the limestone cliff and the thin layer of fish clay, the greyish layer is only 5-10 cm thick. Stevns Klint is the best place in the world to study this this clay. In the area around Stevns Klint are found the traces of the ash cloud, created by the impact of the meteorite. The exact impact location of the meteorite was the ocean floor off the coast of the Mexican Yucatán peninsula. Stevns Klint contain an exceptional quantity of fossils, these fossils also show the full recovery of the fauna after the mass extinction. Stevnsfortet is a cold-war fortress constructed in 1952-1954, a large underground labyrinth of tunnels, dug deep into the cliffs of Stevns Klint. Nowadays it is the Cold War Museum. Some other World Heritage Sites located near Stevns Klint: the hunting landscape Jægersborg Dyrehave about 79 km to the north; Roskilde Cathedral about 48 km to the northwest; Kronborg Castle about 105 km to the north. Stevns Klint gained status the as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2014.

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Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The pebbled beach next to the white cliffs. Stevns Klint is located on the Danish Island of Zealand. A thin layer of greyish...

Stevns Klint: The pebbled beach next to the white cliffs. Stevns Klint is located on the Danish Island of Zealand. A thin layer of greyish fish clay is hidden between the thick layers of white chalk and yellow limestone in Stevns Klint. The layer of greyish fish clay is the silent witness to the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 millions years ago when the Chicxulub meteorite hit the Earth. Stevns Klint gained the status the as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2014.

  1. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The pebbled beach next to the white cliffs. Stevns Klint is located on the Danish Island of Zealand. A thin layer of greyish...

    Stevns Klint: The pebbled beach next to the white cliffs. Stevns Klint is located on the Danish Island of Zealand. A thin layer of greyish fish clay is hidden between the thick layers of white chalk and yellow limestone in Stevns Klint. The layer of greyish fish clay is the silent witness to the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 millions years ago when the Chicxulub meteorite hit the Earth. Stevns Klint gained the status the as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2014.

  2. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The white cliffs are facing the Baltic Sea. A dramatic period in the history of the Earth is hidden in the white cliffs of...

    Stevns Klint: The white cliffs are facing the Baltic Sea. A dramatic period in the history of the Earth is hidden in the white cliffs of Stevns Klint. The evidence of the period is visible in a thin layer of greyish fish clay, it bears witness to the impacht of the Chicxulub meteorite who struck the Earth about 66 millions years ago, the impact wiped out half of all plant and animal species, amongst them the dinosaurs. The thin layer of fish clay lies between thick layers of soft white chalk and yellow limestone, just underneath the overhang.

  3. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The Old Højerup Church is situated on the edge of the cliff, the balcony of the church offers beautiful views over the...

    Stevns Klint: The Old Højerup Church is situated on the edge of the cliff, the balcony of the church offers beautiful views over the Baltic Sea and Stevns Klint. Due to erosion, the choir and a large part of the graveyard slipped into the Baltic Sea in 1928. Religious services were held until 1910, when the danger of the church crashing into the sea had become serious. Now, the Old Højerup Church is a tourist attraction. About 300 metres from the edge of the cliff the New Højerup Church was built in 1913.

  4. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The Old Højerup Church on the edge of the cliff viewed from the beach. The church was built from local limestone...

    Stevns Klint: The Old Højerup Church on the edge of the cliff viewed from the beach. The church was built from local limestone around 1250, at a safe distance from te sea. In the course of time, the weather and the sea had damaged the cliffs of Stevns Klint, the sea has eaten away the cliffs and on 16 March 1928 the choir of the Højerup Church fell into te sea. The church was already closed in 1910 of the fear of a collapse. The remainder of the Højerup Church was reinforced against further landslides.

  5. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: From the top of the white cliffs a steep staircase leads down to the beach. In the area around Stevns Klint are found the traces...

    Stevns Klint: From the top of the white cliffs a steep staircase leads down to the beach. In the area around Stevns Klint are found the traces of the enormous ash cloud, created by the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite. Stevns Klint contain an exceptional quantity of fossils, these fossils also show the full recovery of the fauna after the mass extinction caused by the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite.

  6. Stevns Klint - The lower part of Stevns Klint is composed of soft white chalk, the upper part is a hard yellow limestone, right in between those two layers,...

    The lower part of Stevns Klint is composed of soft white chalk, the upper part is a hard yellow limestone, right in between those two layers, there is a thin layer of the fish clay, the clay marks the K-T Boundary, the end of the Cretaceous Period and the beginning of the Paleogene Period around 66 millions years ago, when a meteorite struck Earth. The fish clay contains fossil fish remains and iridium, this element is found in meteorites.

  7. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: Stevns Fyr is the lighthouse nearby Store Heddinge. Stevns Lighthouse is situated at the highest point of Stevns...

    Stevns Klint: Stevns Fyr is the lighthouse nearby Store Heddinge. Stevns Lighthouse is situated at the highest point of Stevns Klint, some 41 metres above sea level. In spring and autumn, the area is a favorite location to observe migratory birds. Millions of migrating birds pass Stevns Lighthouse each year, including cranes. Stevns Klint stretches from Bøgeskov Havn in the north to Rødvig Havn in the south.

  8. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The stairs down to the underground Stevnsfort, built beneath the white cliffs of Stevns Klint. Stevnsfort is a network of tunnels,...

    Stevns Klint: The stairs down to the underground Stevnsfort, built beneath the white cliffs of Stevns Klint. Stevnsfort is a network of tunnels, 18 metres below ground surface. Stevnsfort was built in 1952-1954. Stevnsfort was part of the secret defence system of Denmark and the NATO. Nowadays, Stevnsfort is the Koldkrigsmuseum Stevnsfort, the Stevnsfort Cold War Museum. The Stevnsfort Cold War Museum was opened in 2008.

  9. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: Stevnsfort consists of a network of underground passages, dug deep into the chalk cliffs of Stevns Klint. The underground...

    Stevns Klint: Stevnsfort consists of a network of underground passages, dug deep into the chalk cliffs of Stevns Klint. The underground fortress possessed of a command centre, living quarters, ammunition depots, a hospital and a chapel, and also food supplies for several months. During the Cold War, Stevnsfort played an important role in the defence of Denmark and the NATO, Stevnsfort was part of the front line between East and West.

  10. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The Koldkrigsmuseum Stevnsfort, the Cold War Museum Stevnsfort, is an unique museum to experience the history of the Cold War....

    Stevns Klint: The Koldkrigsmuseum Stevnsfort, the Cold War Museum Stevnsfort, is an unique museum to experience the history of the Cold War. Stevnsfort was constructed deep inside the white cliffs of Stevns Klint. The network of underground tunnels is about 1.6 km long. The flint bands in the chalk and limestone of Stevns Klint depict the outline of the ancient seafloor. The walls of the underground tunnels of Stevnsfort are covered with moss.

  11. Stevns Klint - Stevns Klint: The Koldkrigsmuseum Stevnsfort, the Stevnsfort Cold War Museum at Rødvig, a town on the southern coast of Stevns Klint. The...

    Stevns Klint: The Koldkrigsmuseum Stevnsfort, the Stevnsfort Cold War Museum at Rødvig, a town on the southern coast of Stevns Klint. The guns from the Gneisenau, a battlecruiser of the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi-Germany. The Gneisenau was decommissioned in 1942, the 15 cm guns were removed and used as coastal batteries on the west coast of Jutland in Denmark. The guns were moved to their current position on Stevnsfort in 1952.