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New World Heritage Site

And, because we all think of Stevns Klint as a person...

jkhMalcolm Hart (Chair: International Sub-Commission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy & Plymouth Unviersity) writes: The Stevns Peninsula (Sjælland south of Copenhagen) was proposed by Édouard Desor in 1847 as the classic ‘Danian’ location.  Over the last 30–40 years the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary exposed in the 14km-long cliff has increased in importance as the debate over the end-Cretaceous extinctions has gathered momentum since the identification of the iridium anomaly.  

In 2012 Tove Damholt (Østsjællands Museum) and Finn Surlyk (University of Copenhagen) prepared a nomination for UNESCO in an attempt to gain inscription on the World Heritage List of natural sites.  At the 38th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Doha, Qatar 15 – 25 June 2014) the bid was successful and Stevns Klint is now fully recognised as of global significance.  The International Sub-Commission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy congratulate Tove and Finn on their achievement.