Mons Klint Borre Reviews
Chalk cliffs and fossils! Mar 25, 2008
Møns Klint is amazing! Translated, it means the cliffs of Mon (an island). These chalk cliffs are similar to the white cliffs of Dover, formed at the same time, in fact. The park is located on the island of Møn in Denmark. You pay to park (included with Geocenter admission), but you can hike around and climb down to the beach to search for fossils for free! And you can keep anything you find! The Geocenter has outstanding displays with lots of technology and hands on activity. Well worth the entrance price. The white cliffs are brilliant under a bright sun with the contrasting blue sea and sky.
About 70 million years ago, Denmark was covered by a warm shallow sea where sea creatures lived and died. Microscopic sea creatures called cocoliths form the chalk layers when their dead bodies fell to the sea floor and accumulated. Approximately one hand thickness equals 10,000 years of chalk accumulation. The cliffs are approximately 120 m high - you do the math. Ancient squid like creatures called cephalopods also lived in those seas and their fossils, belemnites, are strewn all over the beach. The chalk cliffs were exposed by the glaciers during the last ice age. They are currently eroding at a rate of about 20-40 cm/year and at that rate the cliffs will disappear in 10,000 years!
As the chalk cliffs erode, fossils and flint nodules weather out of the chalk and are scattered all over the beach. The best time for fossil hunting is after a big storm. Fossil collecting is allowed and even encouraged! Its about 500 steps down to the beach but if you pick up too many fossils the 500 steps back to the top seem a lot more than that! Its easy to lose yourself and spend a few hours combing the beach for fossils and listening to the waves.
The Geocenter is amazing! It has fantastic video screen displays that describe the history and geology of the park in three different languages! You can listen in Danish, German, English and soon Dutch. Each monitor tells a different piece of the story. There is also a fun activity area for kids and even lots of hands on activities for adults to help you visualize and understand the science behind the park.
The Geocenter and Møns Klint are a little difficult to get to unless you have a car. But if you are anywhere nearby and like the outdoors or fossil collecting, this is a must-see stop!
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