I was born in 1974 (you do the maths), and grew up in the old silver-mining-turned-high-tech town Kongsberg near Oslo. Then, at a vacation in Setesdalen, I picked up some pretty minerals, and spent every vacation rockhounding.
Being young and restless, I studied political science before turning to back geology. From then, I never looked back, and got a M.Sc. in structural geology from the University of Oslo in 2001 and a PhD in tectonics from the University of Tromsø in 2008, with the dissertation Tectonic evolution of the Lofoten passive margin, North Norway.
Geology is much more than a science. It is the epic story of Earth through the Eons, and of life. It is a story where mountains rise and fall to dust, where oceans open and close, of snowball Earths and the inferno of volcanoes. It is the story of how Earth, through many meanderings, made life and finally us…and me.
Our society is also shaped by geology. My home town would never have existed without the silver, and everyone knows how oil shaped the Norwegian society. Geology controls climate, fertile soil, land borders, natural resources…
Geology shapes life, and it shapes human history. This blog is the account of my exploration of this fantastic world.