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