Geosites in the Galápagos Islands Used for Geology Education Programs

Geosites in the Galápagos Islands Used for Geology Education Programs The Galápagos Islands are a group of basaltic volcanic islands built above a hotspot on the Nazca Plate. The societal history of the islands has included efforts toward both conservation and tourism. An inventory of geosites has been identified from among the Galapagos National Park sanctioned tourist sites. These sites demonstrate the volcanic history and processes of the islands. The majority of these sites are located within the Galápagos National Park and thus are only accessible when accompanied by licensed naturalist guides. While many visitors to the Galápagos Islands are interested in tours related to biodiversity, as an alternative, an educational program based on the geologic history of the islands and the features of hotspot volcanism can be conducted by utilizing these geosites. Such a program can be run using an itinerary that allows for visits to a large number of sites on several islands. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Geoheritage Springer Journals

Geosites in the Galápagos Islands Used for Geology Education Programs

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 by The European Association for Conservation of the Geological Heritage
Subject
Earth Sciences; Historical Geology; Physical Geography; Biogeosciences; Paleontology; Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning; Mineralogy
ISSN
1867-2477
eISSN
1867-2485
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12371-016-0190-3
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Abstract

The Galápagos Islands are a group of basaltic volcanic islands built above a hotspot on the Nazca Plate. The societal history of the islands has included efforts toward both conservation and tourism. An inventory of geosites has been identified from among the Galapagos National Park sanctioned tourist sites. These sites demonstrate the volcanic history and processes of the islands. The majority of these sites are located within the Galápagos National Park and thus are only accessible when accompanied by licensed naturalist guides. While many visitors to the Galápagos Islands are interested in tours related to biodiversity, as an alternative, an educational program based on the geologic history of the islands and the features of hotspot volcanism can be conducted by utilizing these geosites. Such a program can be run using an itinerary that allows for visits to a large number of sites on several islands.

Journal

GeoheritageSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 15, 2016

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