Introduction
News
Geoheritage
Cultural heritage
Science window
Tourism service
HOME
中文版
 
Your current location:Home >> News >> Latest News
 
  Latest News
 
Eight new sites were added to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network

UNESCO’s Executive Board recently approved the designation of eight new sites demonstrating the diversity of the planet’s geology as new Geoparks. The Executive Board also approved the extension of three existing Geoparks. With this year’s additions, the number of sites in the Global UNESCO Geoparks Network is brought to 147 in 41 countries.

The newly designated sites are:

Kütralkura, Chile

The Kütralkura UNESCO Global Geopark, which in the language of the Mapuche people means stone (kura) and fire (kütral), or firestone, is characterized by some of the world’s most active volcanism. It is situated 700 km south of Santiago and reaches the border of Argentina to the east. It encompasses the municipalities of Curacautín, Vilcún, Lonquimay, and Melipeuco, settled by their indigenous inhabitants two millennia ago. Its iconic peaks are mostly active volcanoes such as Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, and Nevados de Sollipulli, as well as an extinct volcano, the Sierra Nevada. The thick ice masses that once partially covered the territory, have been shrinking for the past 20,000 years.

 

Funiushan, China—Extension

The Funiushan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the east section of Qinling Orogenic Belt and collision zone between the North China plate and Yangtze plate. Its unique geological structure and complex activities account for its rich geoheritage, which includes paleontological fossils and exquisite granite land formations. It is in this region that researchers discovered groups of fossilized dinosaur-eggs, unmatched in terms of range of distribution, quantity and variety. The fossils have international significance in the study of paleobiology and global geological issues, such as the evolution and extinction of cretaceous dinosaurs. The Funiushan landforms are constituted by a series of granite peaks and walls, the deep Jiguan and Tianxin Caves, tectonic rock formations, waterfalls and pools formed by the site’s rapid uplift process.

 

Jiuhuashan, China

The UNESCO Global Geopark of Jiuhuashan, which translates to “Nine Glorious Mountains”, is located in the Qingyang County of China’s Anhui province. Four of them are crowned by sacred Buddhist temples, some dating back to the fifth century CE, on their peaks. Beyond their religious, historical and cultural significance, these mountains also provide a major source of the fresh water that feeds the Yangtze River system. Jiuhuashan’s unique and favourable geological conditions have contributed to the flourishing of the region’s biodiversity and cultural traditions. In 2016, the natural landscape of this area and its religious sites attracted 9.9 million visitors, a major economic contribution to local communities.

 

Sanqingshan, China—Extension

The Sanqingshan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the territory of Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province, in southeast China. The natural beauty of Mount Sanqingshan derives from the juxtaposition of granite stone and vegetation in a landascape that is ever changing visually due to meteorological factors.  The history of Sanqingshan, one of the birthplaces of Taoism, dates back more than 1,000 years. It retains 238 Taoist relics and other important emblems of cultural heritage such as ancient academies, dwellings, a theatre, monumental halls and more. The region, largely inhabited by the Han people and the She ethnic group, is home to traditions like Gan Opera, Madeng Drama, and the Hetangjiu Banquet.

 

Taishan, China—Extension

The Taishan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the eastern part of the North China Plain, at the centre of Shandong province. Mount Taishan, which rises majestically above the many peaks that surround it, preserves rich cultural heritage dating back more than 5,000 years. The mountain has spiritual significance and has become a major tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. The 158.63 km2 Geopark is composed of eight areas of exceptional scenic beauty: Hongmen, Zhongtianmen, Nantianmen, Houshiwu, Taohuayuan, Culaishan, Lianhuashan and Taoshan. Its unique, abundant geoheritage makes this Geopark a natural geological museum.

 

Yimengshan, China

The Yimengshan UNESCO Global Geopark is located on the eastern coast of China, near Jinan City, the capital of Shandong Province. The site is home to one of Asia’s largest kimberlite-type diamond mines, the first primary diamonds discovered in China. The landscape is dotted with Daigu, castle-shaped land formations, as well as multiple sites of cultural heritage, including the Zhou dynasty Wanshou Palace, the Xialou Pavillion where Confucius is believed to have once visited, the 1,500 year old Marshal tree, the Menglianggu Battle Monument, and several renowned temples.

 

Vis Archipelago, Croatia

The Vis Archipelago UNESCO Global Geopark is located off the coast of Croatia, formed by some of the oldest rock in the Adriatic Sea. The northeastern region of the archipelago features large sand deposits formed by fierce winds in the Ice Age, which also created several unique caves and land formations. Before the sudden rise of the sea level around 12,000 years ago, these islands were much larger and extended more than 20 miles. In this extended area, called the Mala Palagruža, archaeologists discovered flint quarries that served for the production of early tools, believed to have been made by the islands’ first inhabitants up to 8,000 years ago. Some of the most famous sites on this Archipelago are the Blue Cave (Modra špilja) and the Monk Seal Cave (Medvidina špilja).

 

Imbabura, Ecuador

The Imbabura UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the northern inter-Andean region, in the Republic of Ecuador. It is known for its great multitude of lakes and magnificent geological formations, such as the Peguche Waterfalls. The highest summit is of this Geopark, the 4,939 metre high Cotacachi Volcano, is located within the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. The provincial capital, Ibarra, also known as the “White City,” encompasses indigenous villages and colonial towns attracting thousands of visitors every year. This area is currently inhabited by different ethnic groups, among them the Caranqui, the Cayambis, the Otavalos, the Zuletas, the Natabuelas, the Montubio, the Afro and the Awa.

 

Trollfjell, Norway

The Trollfjell UNESCO Global Geopark is an area with unique characteristics shaped by a long history of human habitation. While some of this area’s bedrock is poor in nutrients, resulting in barren stretches, others are fertile supporting lush vegetation and considerable biodiversity. Naturally occurring soapstone has been exploited locally since the Iron Age, to make utensils ranging from pots to fishing weights. Archaeologists have discovered soapstone quarries dating back to Viking period, which in the 12th and 13th supplied stones used to build churches. Passages in Trollfjell’s Solsem Cave feature prehistoric rock engravings of dancing stick figures, dating back thousands of years.

 

Colca y Volcanes de Andagua, Peru

The Colca y Volcanes de Andagua UNESCO Global Geopark, in the Southern Peruvian Andes, boasts a vast array of volcanic landscapes, lakes, geological faults, pre-Hispanic ruins and colonial churches. Formed 400 million years ago, the landscape features the great Colca Canyon, one of the largest and deepest in the world. The landscape of the Geopark, one of the few areas in the world with a multitude of volcanic cones, has been carved by rivers of lava and melting glaciers. This majestic scenery is known as Valley of Volcanos Andagua, extending between the Colca Canyon-Ayo, Chachas-Andagua and Orcopampa.  Most of the inhabitants of these territories belong to pre-Hispanic cultures, heirs to rich customs, festivals and dances, many of which connect them to their unique, volcanic-tectonic territory with its hot springs and highly arable soils.

Courel Mountains, Spain

In the northwest region of Spain, the Courel Mountains UNESCO Global Geopark is home to a variety of Galician communities living in what remains of small medieval villages and monasteries. The territory’s deep valleys and canyons have been formed by erosion. The remarkable aspect of its mountains is impacted by mining, reflecting the relationship between humans and the mineral resources of the region’s Paleozoic rocks, which separate the peninsular interior from the Atlantic facade. Between the first and second century CE, the Roman Empire is believed to have operated dozens of gold mines in this region, extracting Paleozoic primary gold associated with the erosion product of gold-bearing quartz dykes and concentration of their deposits. Remnants of pre-historic fauna and flora, as well as Neolithic paintings, can also be found well-preserved within the deep caves of the mountains.


Source: http://www.globalgeopark.org/News/News/11592.htm

 
 
Park news
Eight new sites were added to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network
Free visits to scenic areas in Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark for childen under 14 and special ...
More flight routes to/from Zhangjiajie
Experts working on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism visited Zhangjiajie UGGp
Number of visitors to Zhangjiajie UGGp in 2018 reached the highest in record
The 6th APGN Symposium will be held in Sept. 2019 in Indonesia
Mountain Marathon was held in Zhangjiajie UGGp
Zhangjiajie UGGp attended the 2018 Meeting of Global Geoparks of China
Zhangjiajie delegates attended the 4th International Training Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks Man...
The delegation of Zhangjiajie visited Bergstrasse - Odenwald UNESCO Global Geopark of Germany
Zhangjiajie signed sister geopark agreement with Arouca Geopark of Portugal
Delegation of Zhangjiajie UGGp attended the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks
Huanglong Musical Season is helding in Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark
UNESCO experts made a detail evaluation of Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie attended 2018 Chinese Volcanic Geoparks Forum and signed sister geoparks agreeemnt wit...
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark offers free admissions for students who took college admission e...
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geoaprk attended the 6th China (Hunan) Internaltion Mineral & Gem Expo
No. 5 Valley Resort listed in Global Top 10 Vacation Rental
A Science Popularization Article on Landscape Evolution in Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark
Science popularization lectures on Distintive Zhangjiajie Landforms were given to celebrate World ...
Research results on the evolution of Zhangjiajie Landforms are published in an international journal
Activites of Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark reported in Newsletter 3 of GGN
Students from Beijing University conducted social practice in Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark successfully organized“International Workshop on Cave Protection...
A Lecture on Geoaprk Development and Science Popularization Given to Volunteers
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark attended the annual meeting of global geoparks of China
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark hold activities on International Disaster Reduction Day
Zhangjiajie Delegation Attends the 5th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium
Zhangjiajie Geopark Signed a Sister Agreement with Bohemian Paradise UNESCO Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie Geopark Attended the 14th European Geoparks Conference
Delegates from Yandang Mountain UNESCO Global Geopark Visits Zhangjiajie Geopark
Zhangjiajie Holds the Meeting for 2018 Evaluation of Zhangjiajie Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark Provides Free Hotel English Training for Family Inn Employees
80 Tujia Female Embroiderers in Zhangjiajie Trained to Be Masters
Zhangjiajie Geopark held a working meeting preparing for 2018 revalidation
Zhangjiajie Geopark Attended the 7th UNESCO Global Geopark International Conference and Signed a S...
Zhangjiajie Geopark Made a Friendly Visit to Maestrazgo and Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
Alax Desert Global Geopark and Zhangjiajie Global Geopark Conducted Sister Geopark Exchanges
Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark Attended the Annual Conference on Global Geoparks of China 2016
Taking you to the Zhangjiajie Global Geopark Museum
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark takes an active part in the international course on geoparks management...
Global geoparks become UNESCO sites
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark Attended the Fifth Ningde Global Geopark’s Symposium on “Root in Commun...
Zhangjiaje Global Geopark has signed sister agreement with Alxa Desert Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark attended the 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network San’in Kaigan Symposium
Representatives from Zhangjiajie Global Geopark attended the 13th European Geoparks Conference
Nine new sites added to Global Geoparks Network
Zhangjiaje Global Geopark Signed Sister Agreement With Ningde Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark Attended the Forum on Volcanic Geoparks of China 2015 and Signed Sister...
Delegates from Sanqingshan visit Zhangjiajie Global Geopark
Touring exhibition of “Zhangjiajie Landform” scenery photography held in the top four high-speed r...
Zhangjiajie Awarded the National Geopark Advanced Organization for the Science Popularization Work
Celebration of the 46th “World Earth Day” in Zhangjiajie Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark has signed sister-geopark agreement with Taining Global Geopark
A special training on “Zhangjiajie Geomorphology” for tour guides was successfully held in Zhangji...
Experts Colloquium on the Construction and Conservation of Zhangjiejie Global Geopark
European Geoparks Conference 2015
Paintings and Calligraphy Works on Zhangjiajie’s Landscape and Folk Customs Exhibited in Beijing
The 4th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium (The First Round Announcement)
Representatives of Zhangjiajie Global Geopark attended the 6th International UNESCO Conference on ...
The Revalidation on Zhangjiajie Global Geopark
Zhangjiajie Global Geopark hosted the 15th Cross-strait Symposium on Environment, Resource and Eco...
A week-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of GGN in Zhangjiajie Global Geopark
Research progress on the evolution of Zhangjiajie Landscape
Adventure of students in geological periods of Zhangjiajie landforms development
Representatives of Zhangjiajie Global Geopark attended Huangshan Dialogue on UNESCO Designated Pla...
Celebration of “World Earth Day” and Re-opening of Zhangjiajie Global Geopark Museum
10th Anniversary of the Global Geoparks Network
Zhangjiajie government announced that both the core scenic area of Wulingyuan district and Zhangji...
Ten new members have been added to the GGN
In August,2013,the Ministry of Culture and the government of Hunan Province co-hosted the “Third I...
 
Tourism Information of Wulingyuan Flights to Zhangjiajie Global Geoparks Network
GGN Association UNESCO Global Geoparks Tourism Information of Zhangjiajie
zhangjiajie global geopark of china Copyright © 2018  copyright  湘ICP备18005145号-1  Technical support:鸿洋华今 Website