Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland / 06:20 / POSTED 09.02.17

SOAPSTONE - finding resources in cultural tradition

The Nuuk area holds a large amount of potentially interesting sites for small-scale-mining and also represent opportunities for geotourism and archaeological investigations.

Partly inspired by the Canadian region Nunavut where a significant group of carvers use soapstone figurines sold as “inuit art” to supplement their income, a new cross-disciplinary research-project from GEUS, the University of Greenland and the Natural History Museum of Denmark aims to build a similar line of products in the Nuuk area. Making knowledge on soapstone occurrences available is a first step in this direction.

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