Ice-age outcrop Donderen - hotspots

Ice-age outcrop Donderen

The steeply-sided soil profile near Donderen is a relic of sand excavations. It can best be described as a richly-illustrated history book, showing the geological development of the province of Drenthe over a period of more than 100,000 years. In 2012 the soil profile was recognised by the province of Drenthe as a geological monument. The near by information panel provides excellent, detailed information about the ice ages in Drenthe. 

The outcrop with sand beds from three different ice ages

A glimpse into geological history

The geological monument at Donderen is a relic of a former sand quarry, situated at the southeast edge of the Zuideresch. Because the quarrying took place on the relatively high-lying Ridge of Rolde, cutting into the ridge itself, a steep bank several metres high remained behind. This soil profile now provides us with a fascinating glimpse into the geological history, the ice ages and evolution of the surface of Drenthe.

Location of the hotspot

Co-ordinates: 53°05’29.1″N 6°33’35.5″E


  • Oosterwaterweg 13
  • 9497 PC Donderen
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Ice-age outcrop Donderen