We have a rich heritage in our bedrock and the soil and stones that lie upon it. It is a heritage that tells the story of the Earth's development, especially those internal and external processes that have shaped it. It tells about ancient volcanoes and earthquakes, lands ravaged by floods and glaciers, and we get a glimpse of ancient landscapes that have left their mark. This heritage is valuable. Great discoveries in our geological heritage have already been found, which have helped to develop geology as a science.
Areas that can clearly and effectively display geological heritage, to both scientists and the public, we call 'Geosteder' (after the English "Geosites"). These include not only the those sites that display phenomena of interest to specialists, but also those sites that display the geological processes and diversity in a way that is suitable and convenient for teaching and outreach. Therefore, the 'geosteder' are both those places that have helped geological research to advance, and places where the public can find out more about geology, and the wonders of the earth.
Preservation of Geosites could be extremely important, as certain localities serve to help geoscientists understand large global-scale geological processes. At the same time, it also equally important to preserve and handle each local Geosite with care, even if its sole purpose is to transfer knowledge to public about the geology around them, right where they live.
NGU's role, and the role of geologists as a whole, is to help serve as stewards of these geologically significant sites. But to an even greater extent, NGU hopes to ensure that the people who live in Norway and those who visit will gain richer experience of our landscape.