Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Taihang Mountains Carbonate Gorge-Group Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2404
This is a large gorge group landscape in Cambrian and Ordovician carbonate rocks. It is composed of the network of the Juma River, Hutuo River, Zhang River, Qin River and Taihang Eight Passes. It has a north-south length of 600 km and an east-west width of 250 km, and this area contains the magnificent Taihang Mountains gorge system. This type of landscape is rare both in China and abroad. It has unique aesthetic characteristics for a regional gorge group. For example, Hutian Gorge has a total length of approximately 42 km, but the narrowest spot is just more than 10 m wide. Its highest elevation is 1,822 m, and the greatest depth is 1,336 m. Both sides of this gorge contain numerous branch gorges, forming a distinctive landscape of gorges in the gorge and gorges enclosing gorges (Fig. 2).
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