Geology in Everyday Life

Geology is fundamental to us. Geology is fundamental to understanding resources and risk, the nature of diversity, infrastructure and community development.

Imagine 150 large trucks fully loaded with sand, gravel and crushed stone. This would represent the amount each and every inhabitant of Norway uses in their lifetime.

Sand, gravel and crushed stone is mostly used to make concrete to build, for example, houses and road.  But mineral products surround us in our ordinary daily life and during festive times. Minerals can be found in mobile phones, personal computers, cables, wind turbines, cars, make up, paint, paper and batteries. You could not, for example, set a party table with plates, glasses, bowls and napkins without the help of rocks.  At the same time, we have large groundwater deposits hidden, in the ground, often underneath our feet.

Geology in everyday life is not restricted to resources. It is also about hazards and risk associated with rock falls, radon, landslides, quick clay, landslides and earthquakes.

Geology is detective work. Geology helps us understand climate change in the past, which may help us predict future scenarios. Mapping the environment will allow us to identify contaminants, both natural and man-made.

At the same time, Norway's landscape has a unique history that includes lost oceans, continents in motion, volcanoes and glaciers. Along many trails, you will uncover fascinating stories about nature, culture and how the landscape was formed.

We at the Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) work together to identify and demonstrate the value in this country's geology and to make communities safer. We will produce, facilitate and disseminate geological knowledge that society needs. This knowledge will help others make those decisions that will best serve the community.