John Macadam / Earthwords, geologist & writer
- please tell me of any good sites which could be worth linking to, and also please tell me if any links are broken.
places to visit ...
Our Dynamic Earth is a visitor centre in Edinburgh. Inspired by James Hutton's comment about his revolutionary new ideas on geology: "In this manner, there is opened to our view a subject interesting to man who thinks; a subject on which to reason with relation to the system of nature; and one which may afford the human mind both information and entertainment." Hutton lived 1726-97.
Knockan Crag visitor centre opened in 2001 in the Scottish Highlands near Ullapool. Lots of information in an accessible format - excellent interpretation. There re sculptures outside, several short trails and long one too for motorists. The area is now part of the North West Highlands Geopark - excellent geology well-told and well supported by the local community.
Click on the blue mole to get to the website of the Géodrome, a former visitor centre in a services stop on the E5 (formerly A10) near Orléans. You can read an article I wrote about it for Down to Earth in 2000. And open up the thumbnail to let the French mole tell you about passion! Sadly, the Géodrome is closed - but there's still stuff about it on the web. Unfortunately the running costs were far in excess of the revenue, and BRGM (the French Geological Survey), which had set it up, closed it down. On Google Earth you can find it at the 'Aire de Service d'Orléans-Gidy' - look at the historic images, rather than the most recent!
OneGeology. A growing site with the world's geology available for free for everyone. OneGeology was initiated in 2007 and currently (January 2013) has 117 countries participating.
Scottish Geology. Much information about Scottish geology - from the fossil collecting code to sites. Many useful links.
European Geoparks - a fast-growing network of areas using exceptional geology and landscape for sustainable development. 51 geoparks by September 2012. You can also look at the geoparks page on this website for links to all the European Geoparks and many others.
Geological Reserve of Haute-Provence synthesises spectacular geology, culture and sustainable tourism. The reserve is a European Geopark.
Petrified Forest in Lesvos, Greece. Another European Geopark, and another article you can read, again from Down to Earth, in 2001.
US National Parks - this link takes you straight to the geology of the parks. Mount St Helens, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Yosemite ....
The Jurassic Coast - Devon and Dorset's exposure of 185 million years of Earth history, now a World Heritage Site. There's a visitor centre at Charmouth, and another at Lulworth. (The WH site ranges from Triassic to Cretaceous ... but the marketing people said it must be called the Jurassic Coast!).
The Cornubian Orefield - lots about the geology of Cornwall and Devon, with links to other sites. Parts of Cornwall and West Devon are now a World Heritage site usually called the Cornish Mining Landscape.
Eden Benchmarks - a series of sculptures along the River Eden in Cumbria and made of the local stone.
AND here is a resolution on protecting our global Earth heritage passed by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) at its World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea in 2012. There was also a resolution passed at the previous congress in Barcelona in 2008. Both included abiotic nature (i.e. rocks, etc) as part of the 'nature' IUCN takes action to conserve.
AND here is something on geological world heritage, produced in 2005.
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