1. Rocky Start of Dinosaur National Monument (USA), The World's First Dinosaur Geoconservation Site

Kenneth Carpenter

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 1-20


  The quarry museum at Dinosaur National Monument, which straddles the border between the American states of Colorado and Utah, is the classic geoconservation site where visitors can see real dinosaur bones embedded in rock and protected from the weather by a concrete and glass structure. The site was ...  Read More

2. Rock Art Conservation and Geotourism: A practical example from Foum Chenna engravings site, Morocco

Mohamed Abioui; Lhassan M Barki; Mohammed Benssaou; Abdelkrim Ezaidi; Nezha El Kamali

Volume 2, Issue 1 , December 2019, , Pages 1-11


  The rock engravings, the subject of this article, are artistic representations made by people from cultural communities who no longer exist. The rock art was a way of expressing their thoughts, culture and beliefs, before the invention of writing. The engravings represent an archive of an ancient civilization ...  Read More

3. Geopolitical Concerns Arising From Mining Activities in Some Parts of Nigeria and Cameroon

Rifkatu Nghargbu; K'tso Nghargbu; Shekwonyadu Iyakwari

Volume 3, Issue 1 , June 2020, , Pages 1-11


  Environmental problems due to mining activities in Nigeria and Cameroon have been a source of geopolitical concern. Here, we explore these issues in terms of the balance of economic benefits from mining and ensuring geological site maintenance and enhancement. The study was carried out through the use ...  Read More

5. European UNESCO Geoparks: Introduction to Part I

Michael J Benton

Volume 4, Issue 1 , June 2021, , Pages 1-5


  The concept of the volume is to survey all the key geoparks throughout Europe in terms of their palaeontological significance. The first 25 articles in this Part cover the long span of geological time from the Precambrian to the Permian, arranged in chronostratigraphic order. These document some of the ...  Read More

6. Burmese Amber Fossils, Mining, Sales and Profits

George Poinar; Sieghard Ellenberger

Volume 3, Issue 1 , June 2020, , Pages 12-16


  The present work investigates the mining and sale of fossiliferous Burmese amber to determine if the profits are being used by the Myanmar military to commit atrocities against minority groups or ethnic armies within the country, as recently implied.  Our conclusion, based on the information available ...  Read More

7. European UNESCO Geoparks: Introduction to Part II

Michael Benton

Volume 4, Issue 2 , December 2021, , Pages 290-298


  The concept of the volume is to survey all the key geoparks throughout Europe in terms of their palaeontological significance. The second set of 36 articles in this Part cover the long span of geological time from the Triassic to the Quaternary, arranged in chronostratigraphic order. These document some ...  Read More

8. Paleontological Heritage and its Conservation in the UNESCO European Geoparks

Dan Alexandru Grigorescu

Volume 4, Issue 1 , June 2021, , Pages 6-24


  Together, places of scientific, historical or cultural significance within a region and the artefacts uncovered therefrom and displayed in museums and collections make up the total heritage of the region in question. Seemingly lifeless places and objects become enlivened in UNESCO geoparks through the ...  Read More

9. From Scientific Research to Geoconservation and Geopark

Dan Grigorescu

Volume 3, Issue 2 , November 2020, , Pages 8-31


  The Haţeg region of Transylvania-Romania, known as the “Haţeg Country”, due to its specific character as a region wholly encircled by mountains, has been renowned for over a century for its palaeontological geosites from which dinosaur bones of several species, dinosaur eggs and hatchlings, ...  Read More

10. Geoheritage Sites and Geoconservation at Pha Chan - Sam Phan Bok Geopark, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand

Vimoltip Singtuen; Krit Won-In

Volume 2, Issue 1 , December 2019, , Pages 11-25


  The Pha Chan - Sam Phan Bok Geopark is at the easternmost part of Thailand and has the border with Laos. Furthermore, it is the most famous Mekong River Civilization area and dominated by sedimentary rocks of the Khorat Plateau. Different erosion rate produces spectacular landforms such as potholes, ...  Read More

11. The Increasing Need for Geographical Information Technology (GIT) Tools in Geoconservation and Geotourism

Mark Williams; Melinda McHenry

Volume 3, Issue 1 , June 2020, , Pages 17-32


  The use of GIS, remote sensing, and other geographic tools in geoconservation and geotourism is increasing. These tools – hereafter referred to as ‘Geographic Information Technology’ (GIT) tools – have the potential to simplify workflow in geoconservation assessment and inventory, ...  Read More

12. Cave Explorers and Geoconservation in the North of England – a Changing Paradigm?

Philip Murphy; Sam Allshorn

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 21-23


  Recent cave exploration in the Yorkshire Dales glaciokarst of the north of England has mainly been achieved through the removal of sediment infill from passages and entrances. This has resulted in the linking of previously fragmented cave systems to produce the world class Three Counties Cave System. ...  Read More

13. The Ammonite Tirolites idrianus – A Paleontological Icon of the Idrija UNESCO Global Geopark (Slovenia)

Mojca Gorjup Kavčič; Matija Križnar

Volume 4, Issue 2 , December 2021, , Pages 299-309


  Idrija UNECO Global Geopark embraces the area of Idrija Municipality in the western part of Slovenia, with an area of 294 km2. Its main town Idrija, with a famous mercury ore deposit beneath, has always been a home to several European naturalists, who explored natural features, plants, animals and fossils ...  Read More

14. New Mineral Discovery Geosites: Valuing for Geoconservation Purposes

Dmitry Ruban

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 24-27


  Discovery of new minerals contributes substantially to geoscience development. Localities where such discoveries have been made appear to be unique, and they deserve recognition as new mineral discovery geological heritage sites (NMD geosites). Valuing the latter is a complex procedure. Generally, it ...  Read More

15. The North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark: Oldest Fossils in Europe

Michael Benton; Alexander J Brasier; Peter Harrison; Laura Hamlet

Volume 4, Issue 1 , June 2021, , Pages 25-42


  The North West Highlands Geopark is probably one of the largest geoparks anywhere, comprising 2000 km2 of remote, mountainous and coastal terrain. It was the first European Geopark to be recognised in Scotland in 2004 and was designated by UNESCO as a Global Geopark in 2015. Since then, it has been very ...  Read More

16. A Review of Geotourism and Geoparks: Is Africa missing out on this new mechanism for the development of sustainable tourism?

Percy Mabvuto Ngwira

Volume 2, Issue 1 , December 2019, , Pages 26-39


  This paper uses sustainable tourism development paradigm to demonstrate the economic, social-cultural and environmental potentialities presented by ‘Geotourism’ and its primary product ‘Geoparks’ in the quest for sustainable tourism development in Africa. Utilising secondary data ...  Read More

17. Geoheritage Values of the Northeastern Carpathians, Transcarpathia, Ukraine

Sandor Gonczy; Gyula Fodor; Natalia Olah; Tibor Nagy; Zsuzsanna Ésik; János Szepesi

Volume 3, Issue 2 , November 2020, , Pages 32-48


  Transcarpathia politically is the westernmost county of Ukraine but geographically is the north–eastern part of the Carpathian–Pannonian Region. The aim of our present work is to provide a brief overview and greater publicity about the geoheritage values of Transcarpathia using 45 documented ...  Read More

18. Eifelosaurus – The Lonely Lizard

Jens Koppka

Volume 4, Issue 2 , December 2021, , Pages 310-316


  The Triassic reptile Eifelosaurus triadicus is an icon of the Geopark Vulkaneifel and the Natural History Museum of Gerolstein (West Eifel, Rhineland Palatinate, W Germany). We explore the research history, including geoconservation aspects, and summarize current knowledge of Eifelosaurus, the sole fossil ...  Read More

19. Marketing Geotourism to Potential Australian Geotourists

Angus Robinson

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 28-36


  In Australia, geotourism is defined as tourism which focuses on an area's geology and landscape as the basis for providing visitor engagement, learning and enjoyment.Geotourism has great potential as a new nature-based tourism product. Where-ever tourism contributes a direct environmental benefit to ...  Read More

20. “Canaralele din Portul Hârșova”- Paleontological importance of the most representative Oxfordian geosite in Central Dobrogea, Romania

Delia-Georgeta Dumitraş; Dan Grigore; Diana Perşa; Mohamed Abioui

Volume 2, Issue 1 , December 2019, , Pages 40-44


  “Canaralele din Portul Hârșova” geosite is integrated into ‘Canaralele Dunarii’ Natura 2000 site (ROSCI0022), and represents the northern part of the geologic profile in Jurassic deposits that is exposed along the Danube River valley between Hârșova and Capidava. ...  Read More

21. The Ediacaran-Cambrian Radiation of Animals within the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara UNESCO Global Geopark, Spain

Iván Cortijo; Teodoro Palacios; Sören Jensen; José María Barrera

Volume 4, Issue 1 , June 2021, , Pages 43-55


  Across the Ediacaran to Cambrian transition, some 541 Ma, the Earth's biosphere changed from one dominated by microbial organisms to one where multicellular organisms, including animals, rose to importance. Within a few tens of millions of years into the Cambrian Period an array of animal groups appeared, ...  Read More

22. Conservation of Geomorpological Heritage in the Homolje Area (Eastern SERBIA) - Current State and Perspectives

Đurđa Miljković; Ljupče Miljković; Mlađen Jovanović

Volume 3, Issue 2 , November 2020, , Pages 49-61


  Homolje is one of the most developed geomorphological areas in Eastern Serbia. Shallow karsts prevail across this region with cover vegetation and soil, with developed surfaces, and underground karst landforms. This type of terrain leads to the occurrence of different geomorphological landforms that ...  Read More

23. Inventory and Conservation of Triassic Vertebrate Tracks in the Monts d’Ardèche UNESCO Global Geopark, France

Emmanuel Fara; Jean-David Moreau; Leo Szewczyk; Nicolas Klee; Georges Gand; Emmanuelle Vennin

Volume 4, Issue 2 , December 2021, , Pages 317-329


  The Regional Natural Park (RNP) of the Monts d'Ardèche, located in south-eastern France, became the Monts d’Ardèche UNESCO Global Geopark in September 2014. This territory possesses significant geological structures, including numerous and rich Middle-Late Triassic vertebrate tracksites. ...  Read More

24. Geotourism and Cultural Heritage

Kerran Olson; Ross Dowling

Volume 1, Issue 1 , June 2018, , Pages 37-41


  Geotourism is often thought to refer solely to ‘geological tourism’, however, more recent views suggest that the term in fact refers much more broadly to encompass not only geology, but also fauna and flora as well as cultural aspects. An area’s geo-heritage can be defined as the geological ...  Read More

25. Saving a Legacy: Conservation of the paleontology resources within the Garden Park National Natural Landmark, Colorado, USA

Daniel Grenard; Kenneth Carpenter; Andrew Smith; Melissa Smeins

Volume 2, Issue 1 , December 2019, , Pages 45-62


    The Garden Park National Natural Landmark in central Colorado U.S.A. was established for 40 acres (0.16 sq. km) by the U.S. National Park Service in 1973 in recognition of its historical and paleontological significance. It was here that rather complete dinosaur skeletons were first discovered ...  Read More