Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Qinling Global Geopark, China

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1999

This geopark is located in the middle of the Qinling Mountains in China and covers an area of 1,074 km2. It became a global geopark in 2009. The geopark has been divided into five scenic areas: the Lishan Rift Depression Structure Area, Yushan Island Arc-type Granite Peak Ridge Geomorphological Area, Cuihuashan Landslide Geomorphology Area, Ice Crystal Top Ductile Shear Zone and Tectonic Mixed Rock Formation Area, South Pacific Whiteboard Block Collision Zone and Quaternary Glacier Area. The geopark is a representation of a complex continental orogen of the Qinling Mountains and includes prominent geological remains of the orogenic belt and Quaternary geological features, such as landslides and glacial landforms. Because Zhongnan Mountain is situated in the central part of the Qinling orogenic belt, it forms a natural boundary between northern and southern China’s natural geology, geography, ecology, climate, and cultures. The entire area is of scientific importance due to its typical...

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