Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Tourism Geology

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2538

Tourism geology is an interdisciplinary subject of geology and tourism that studies geology-related issues in tourism, including the classification, formation, evolution and implications of geological features and processes, their regional distribution, and the processes and aesthetic features of geology and landforms in nature tourism resources. These studies provide a scientific basis for the establishment of nature tourism attractions (e.g., geoparks, scenic areas, and world natural heritage sites) and methods for disseminating geological and scientific knowledge to tourists. Tourism geology also involves route design, guide materials, geological surveys and evaluations of geological sites for both the general public and professionals. These studies are helpful for formulating sustainable tourism plans and developments. In recent years, geological products such as ornamental stones and gems, geopark establishment, geoheritage protection, and world natural heritage evaluation have...

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