Arctic geology students at Festningen, at the mouth of Grønfjorden. March 2016. Photo: Øystein Grasdal/UNIS

The Arctic Geology Department research is focused on the geological evolution of Svalbard and the Barents Shelf

Evolution as recorded in its spectacular geological sequences spanning from the Precambrian to the Cenozoic, and overlain by Quaternary glacial and interglacial deposits.

Easily accessible outcrops make it possible to research the interplay of continental drift with tectonic, glacial, periglacial, coastal, fluvial and marine sedimentary processes. The close proximity of active glacial, periglacial, marine and terrestrial environments also provides an exciting field laboratory on our doorstep.

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