Thursday, January 13, 2011

The concept of Geosite

    What is Geosite ?

The tourism component of geotourism  involves visitation  to geosites !

Geosites (geological sites , Geomorphological sites(or Geomorpho-sites), mining sites ,adventure based sites) needs to Geo-conservation measures(Sadry,2009); The human dimension  reflected in tourism activity, and indeed the tourism component of geotourism  involves visitation to geosites (Newsome& Dowling ,2006); Therefore, All  selected geodiversities  considered as potential geosites , after providing tourism infrastructures and geoconservation measures  will be change to a real geosites, and as a geotourism destination(Sadry,2009),And Finally there may be various forms of geosite planning and management in place(Newsome& Dowling ,2006).

Geosites is divided into two parts or two sections of  geotourism destination :      
1.       Primary Geosites (some of those generally mentioned above)
2.       Secondary Geosites ( such as : Geo-Museum , For more info about secondry geosites see Hose 2005 and 2006)
Hose, Thomas A.,:Geotourism and interpretation,In:Dowling R.K.&Newsome  D.(Eds):Geotourism-221-241, Oxford-Burlington(Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann)2006.
Hose, Thomas A.,: Geotourism – Appreciating the deep time of landscapes ,In: Marina Novelli (Eds): Niche Tourism:Contemporary issues, trends and cases -27-38, Oxford-Burlington(Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann)2005
Newsome, D. and Dowling, RK. (2006) The scope and nature of Geotourisms. In Dowling, R. and Newsome, D. (eds.), Geotourism. Elsevier/Heineman Publishers, Oxford, UK, pp.3-25

Sadry  BN (2009) Fundamentals of geotourism: with special  emphasis on Iran. Samt Organization Publishing, Tehran, Iran(English Summary available Online at: