Here is the sort of travel video you might expect about France–but somehow a volcano manages to intrude itself (pun intended) into the background. And that round lake is a maar.
As a matter of fact, France has a whole field of volcanoes, with the last activity there around 6,000 years ago, per the Global Volcanism Program.
It also has a volcano park: Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park. Here’s a lovely video by a local resident who hiked in it.
Chaîne des Puys Global Volcanism Page
Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park UNESCO page.
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.
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 in there! (Bonus points if you can spot the cirques; here’s more geological background.)
Here’s a bit more about the dinosaurs. To show how far out in the wilderness this geopark is, note the hope expressed that they won’t need much helicopter support:
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.
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 lovely basalt columns, but let’s look at views of Toyooka, too.
I like it that UNESCO geoparks include the human aspects of places, too.
: Hashi Photo
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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.