Explore Fascinating Geology of Lofoten Islands, Norway

What started out as a simple fun journey with some buddies to Lofoten Islands in northern Norway, just became a unique geological enjoy. This, because I assume that, as a geologist, it's miles completely impossible to split a laugh from my profession at the same time as journeying. It's simply super to combine your career along with your favorite interest.

Trying to understand the rocks, the configuration of the landscapes and their phenomena, is simply priceless.

Reinebringen Mountain, Norway.

View to the metropolis of Reine and Fjords.

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This time I got completely impressed with the beauty of the Fjords in Lofoten (help: what is a fjord? well basically, a fjord is a narrow and deep channel that allows the sea to enter to the land. They can be several kilometers long, so they are often confused with rivers or lakes, and can reach great depths, exceeding 1000 m. These geomorphological units are the product of sea flooding of valleys created by glacial activity).

Reinebringen mountain, Reine, Norway.

View to the metropolis of Reine and Kirkefjord. U-fashioned valleys and geomorphological capabilities associated with intense tectonic interest. Glacial lake

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Hiking through the perfectly carved U-shaped valleys left me speechless (above mentioned glacial valleys). In each valley, it was possible to appreciate the sediments associated with the activity of the glacier, that is, the Moraines (frontal and lateral), till and reworked proglacial sediments.

Skelfjord, Lofoten, Norway.

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In addition, the typical vegetation of Tundra is impressive (help: what is Tundra? In simple words, it is a biome characterized by the lack of trees, the soils are mainly covered with mosses and lichens, characteristic of circumpolar latitudes. The subsoil is almost permanently frozen). This vegetation covered the base of the mountain chains and snowy hills, contrasting in a perfectly artistic way and offering a breathtaking view.

Å, Moskenes, Norway.

Mosses on Precambrian gneisses and migmatites.

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Reine, Lofoten Norway.

View to Reinefjorden and snowy peaks

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Hamnøy, Lofoten Norway. Snowy Peaks.

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Haukland beach, Leknes, Lofoten, Norway

Snowy Peaks at Hamn?Y, Lofoten Norway.

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What about lithologies? Well, extensively all those landscapes are conformed with the aid of a Precambrian basement represented by using an Archean and Paleoproterozoic metamorphic complexes of ortho- and paragneisses, intruded by means of anorthosites and suites of charnokite-granites. This basement is in tectonic touch with amphibolites and paragneisses, which had been intruded by using tonalitic magmas at 470 Ma. Subsequently, at the top of the sequence, in a as an alternative complicated structural context, volcano-sedimentary sequences are observed, ranging from the Permian to the Paleogene. These volcano-sedimentary sequences are part of the ocean ground among Greenland and Norway. All those units are in nicely-marked tectonic contacts.

Utakleiv Beach, Leknes, Lofoten, Norway.

Paleoproterozoic amphibolites and gneisses.

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Utakleiv Beach, Leknes, Lofoten, Norway.

Paleoproterozoic amphibolites and gneissesPhoto Credits: J. Sebastian Guiral

Paleoproterozoic amphibolites and gneisses at Haukland beach, Leknes, Lofoten, Norway

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Finally, similarly to the geological stuff, the sunsets, best seashores, rainbows, snowstorms, the strong rain and an entire bunch of climatic phenomena associated with those high latitudes, make the Lofoten Islands one of the places. I actually have loved loads being a geologist.

Reine, Lofoten Norway.

View of Reinefjorden and snowy peaks

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This is what I like approximately this profession, looking to understand a piece about any such complicated, beautiful and massive planet.

If you're a geologist and sense the same as me while journeying, let me congratulate you.

You have a beautiful profession!

Sebas enjoying rain in Å, Moskenes, Norway.

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Sebas exploring Paleoproterozoic amphibolites and gneisses at Utakleiv Beach, Leknes, Lofoten, Norway.

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About author: J. Sebastian Guiral is a Geological Engineer from the National University of Colombia. He is currently pursuing his master's program in Georesources Engineering at the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. He also has  studied at the University of Liege in Belgium and at University of Lorraine in France. As a geologist, he has worked in important engineering and research projects in his country, which include geomechanics of underground excavations, geodynamics and geomorphology. Currently, his interests are focused on economic geology, exploration, mining and mineral processing techniques.

You can contact with J. Sebastian Gujral [email protected] or at Instagram: @sebasguiralv

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