NARE geology

NARE Geology is a survey and research programme in Queen Maud Land.

Most of the Antarctic is covered by ice, but where the mountains project up out of the ice, they are completely devoid of vegetation, giving geologists a unique opportunity to study the origins of the bedrock and the various geological process which have impacted on the Earth’s crust. Through field expeditions, the Norwegian Polar Institute collects geological map data, rock samples and field observations. Key scientific questions for NARE Geology are linked to metamorphic, structural, geochronological and tectonic studies of the mountain chain.