Rugaard Cliff

A slow landslide

Rugaard Klint (sea cliff), running along the forest called Sønderskoven, is slowly sliding, transporting lumps of green forest bed with anemones and trees towards the sea. The landslide is particularly evident in the area known as “Hullerne” (the holes), where it stretches several hundred meters inland. Here, the trees lean in against the centre of the landslide. They look as if they are stretching to avoid falling over. Eventually, however, they will end up as bleached logs on the beach. The trees grow in moraine soil.

Plastic clay and fossils

The moraine lies on top of plastic clay and it therefore slides. The cliff face reveals the dark-grey plastic clay at the bottom and the moraine layer at the top. Most of the rocks on the beach are flints that arrived here with ice and meltwater from northern Djursland where the chalk lies immediately below the soil surface. You may even be lucky enough to find a 70-million-year old fossilized sea urchin. Porpoises often hunt for small fish close to land.