Bauges Geopark, France
This geopark is located in the northwestern Alps in France and covers an area of 856 km2. It became a global geopark in 2011. The area is like a rock fortress and a protected natural green island within a cluster of cities. The sturdy limestone and sedimentary rocks form a steep escarpment with an oblique structure, giving it a unique geomorphological character. A major fault demonstrates that a strong orogeny occurred in this area. The karst landscape is extensive with small gorges that were formed in the Cretaceous limestone, which in turn developed into wetlands, lakes, fountains and caves. The famous ‘Sayah’ah’ cliff is located at the southern tip of the area. It is a sedimentary limestone fold with a stunning shape that resembles a traditional headdress worn by women in this area.