Place of Birth
My academic training was rounded off with a year at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France, studying structural geology & remote sensing, finishing with a tectonic map and an interpretation of the Eastern Alps gleaned from satellite imagery; the results were incorporated into my M.S. thesis: The Eastern Alps and their Lineaments.
Being a fervent adept of geological education in the field I have gained lots of first-hand experience via field courses, field mapping, excursions, private travels and mountaineering expeditions in the following countries and terrains:
- United States
Since leaving Paris I have been working as a freelance translator in the three languages English-French-German, which I can interchange at wish. I have translated several books in very different subjects, but also scientific articles and abstracts.
Worked in wholefood shops and in a bookshop collective for quite some time.
Being a trained carpenter I have gained experience in the building trade.
My main interest though still resides in Geodynamics - the Earth's Snake Power as Native Americans might call it. I am particularly interested in the connection of large-scale structures with flow phenomena as observable in the atmosphere & oceans. I do interprete the Alpine "whorl" - obviously my favourite topic - as a vortex structure, part of a much larger flow (system). Hence my renewed interest in fluid dynamics and my problem in accepting the standard textbook plate tectonics paradigm - in my esteem way too rigid!
My principle is: watching a satellite slow motion condensing the last twelve hours of meteorological happening on parts of our globe will give you more insight about geotectonic structures than a whole stack of textbooks!
My hobbies are mountaineering, climbing, skiing, swimming, biking, canoeing, windsurfing, rock & mineral hounding, vegetarian cooking, building, carpentry, music, animals (cats) & of course traveling.
New "old" home
I live now in a medieval village near Nontron in "Jacquou le Croquant" country - i.e. in the Natural Park of the Périgord-Limousin Region (Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin - PNRPL) in SW-France, where "Robin des Bois" hangs out...