Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Evaluation of Scenic Area: Water Quality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_670

This term is related to the evaluation of the water quality of scenic areas (including geoparks). Water is an important landscape tourism resource that offers scenic attractions, amusement, recreational activities, personal experiences and drinking. The evaluation includes assessing the water transparency, colour, smell, taste and its bacteria level. Activities in water bodies, particularly those involving direct human contact such as swimming, rafting, health treatment and drinking, require additional testing for the presence of harmful elements, minerals, temperature, pH, suspended solids, dissolved oxygen, biological oxygen consumption, various acid radicals and ions. Some highly demanding water bodies also require checks for DDT, 666, organic phosphorus, oil and detergents. The higher the transparency of the water is, the greater the ornamental value will be. ‘Transparent water’ for tourists is defined by viewing a 3-mm-diameter thread at a depth of 60 cm under the water....

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