Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Sobrarbe Geopark, Spain

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2287

This geopark was set up in 2006. It is located in the heart of the southern Pyrenees Mountains in Aragon, Spain, and it covers an area of 2,202 km2. The main geosites in the geopark include the ancient metal mining relics in the Palaeozoic mountain range in the northern part of the area, whereas the southern area contains younger Mesozoic to Palaeogene rocks that were affected by glacial processes during the Quaternary. The mountains that make up the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Parks were shaped by groundwater. The karst and sedimentary landforms are both favourable tourist destinations. The clear outcrops of Eocene to Oligocene sedimentary rocks are ideal locations for studying the relationship between tectonic activity and sedimentation in the Eocene foreland basin. Fossils have also been discovered, including money bugs and saltwater crocodiles. In addition, the geopark has opened a route through which visitors can learn about the basic geological features of the area. Five...

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