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Gea Norvegica Unesco Global Geopark, Porsgrunn

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Porselensvegen 6a, 3920, Porsgrunn

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The geopark at the island Løvøya in Porsgrunn

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This fault is clearly visible where the river "Ælva" run into a fault zone, and the city of Porsgrunn grew up along the river's banks. If one looks further to the south, one sees that it sparkles from the many smaller water bodies that lie in the depression that the fault formed in the landscape. We can follow this depression all the way to Kristiansand.

In the Langesundsfjord-Eidanger area, there are many rare minerals. Many of these were first discovered and described here, and the occurrence are known among geologist in many parts of the world. One of these mineral is thorite, discovered in the 1928 at Løvøya. Thorite contains the until then unknown element thorium, which was named after the Norwegian god Thor.

As in Skien, many of the deposits in Porsgrunn are limestone's that were formed at the bottom of a tropical sea about 450 million years ago. This limestone, which is full of fossils, is selected for industrial use for example by Norcem in Brevik. The limestone from Porsgrunn is used in cement, but generally it can be used for much else, for example, in plastics, paper and toothpaste.

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What's Nearby

  1. Gea Norvegica Unesco Global Geopark

    As the first geopark in Scandinavia, Gea Norvegica became member of the Global Geoparks…

    101 m away
  2. The Geopark visitor centre

    Learn more about the natural history of our planet.

    112 m away
  3. Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory AS

    Norway's only porcelain factory, Porsgrund's Porcelain Factory, is located in Porsgrunn…

    122 m away
  1. The Porcelain Museum

    Welcome to a unique porcelain experience in Porsgrunn!

    122 m away
  2. The ‘straw painters’ at Porsgrund Porcelain Factory

    At Porsgrund's Porcelain Factory, you can see how porcelain painters decorate porcelain,…

    166 m away
  3. Historical garden, Porsgrunn town museum

    A hidden pearl right in the center at Porsgrunn City Museum.

    463 m away
  4. DuVerden Maritime Museum + Science Centre

    The childrens favorite place to visit, lots of activities.

    501 m away
  5. Østre Porsgrunn Church

    The new church in Porsgrunn, Østre Porsgrunn church, is an architectural gem and has…

    613 m away
  6. Osebrostrøket district

    Osebro is the best preserved part of Porsgrunn town.

    911 m away
  7. Hakastein cultural monuments site

    Christian burial grounds, cooking pits and "witches graves".


    6.67 km away
  8. The Ibsen Theatre

    Teater Ibsen works to create experiences you will remember!  

    6.71 km away
  9. Kapitelberget

    Church ruins after the mighty Dagsætten (ancestry) in Skien. From the 1100s.

    6.85 km away
  10. MS Victoria

    M / S Victoria is known as the channel Queen and is regarded as Telemark's flagship. M /…

    7.14 km away
  11. Fish ladder

    New, modern fish ladder in down town of Skien.

    7.47 km away
  12. Snipetorp district

    Snipetorp is Skien's oldest residential after the city fires in 1854 and 1886.

    7.67 km away
  13. Ibsenhuset

    Ibsenhuset is named after Skien's famous son, Henrik Ibsen.

    7.72 km away
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