You don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy UNESCO’s M’Goun Geopark, in Morocco, but all that effort to reach Mount M’Goun’s 13,400-foot-high summit does earn you an incredibly beautiful overview of this rugged region. While this is no place to build a Jurassic Park today, dinosaurs once thrived here, according to UNESCO: The geological
Category: Geopark of the week
People have lived on the island of Crete for at least nine millennia, and today the center of this island where history, myth, and reality blend together is a UNESCO geopark.
Let’s get one thing straight right now: Transylvania has a dinosaur park. Dwarf dinosaurs. And giant flying reptiles. Wait! Before rushing off to book a flight, check it out: This area was an archipelago of islands 90 million years ago because continental collisions had not yet closed off the Tethys Sea (called Tethyshavet here): Tethys
There will come a point in this drone video, made in the UNESCO Tumbler Ridge Geopark, when you will wonder where the dinosaurs came from. Here you go. Seriously, look at those flat rock formations: that’s all undisturbed sedimentary rocks that have accumulated over a vast amount of geologic time. Of course there are fossils
For today’s geopark, believe it or not, we need to start out on Mars! “Yardang” doesn’t sound like a typical scientific term (in English, anyway), and it isn’t. It’s Ugyur for the same type of rock formation on Earth, and it was first used by geologists to describe these desert features near Dunhaung in China.
Instead of telling you about Geopark Odsherred, let me show it to you, complete with narration that won’t make sense, if you don’t speak Danish, but which somehow seems to fit the flowing curves and intricacies of this land. (Their website is in Danish, but you can click the little flag icon for a translation.)
I am not sure if everything in this video is part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark, but it certainly conveys the general feel of the place. Daisen last erupted in the Pleistocene, per the Global Volcanism Program. According to Wikipedia, one of the most popular destinations here is Genbudo Park, with its five caves and
Did you see The Princess Bride? The Cliffs of Moher look a real-life “Cliffs of Insanity,” and they are just as dangerous to sailors. Here’s a little geologic background on them. Now, what is the Burren?
Jeju Island is relatively young, in geologic terms, only about two milliion years old. This volcanic island, located off the Korean Peninsula, holds a UNESCO “triple crown”–a geopark, biosphere, and World Heritage site–and it also has a complex and sometimes horrible human history.
Without people, Earth is just a place. UNESCO information Website (Portugues, French, Spanish) More information