About

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.

4 responses to “About

  1. Hello Karsten
    I’m currently visiting Malta from Australia, and just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for your fascinating article on limestone in Malta. My friend Beverley and I were both curious about the subject, and you have enlightened us tremendously. As someone who initially trained in chemistry, I truly appreciate anyone who can write about science in a way that is both informative and entertaining. We think you could be the Professor Brian Cox of geology!
    Best regards, Susan

    PS we both think Norway is lovely!

  2. Thanks a lot for your kind words! Glad it was useful! ..Brian Cox of geology…that would certainly be an ego boost! :D

  3. Hei, Karsten!
    Vet du om du har familie i Hedmark, nærmere bestemt i Solør?
    Det er endel med etternavnet Eig i Våler-Flisa området.
    Hadde vært interessant å vite!

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