Geoheritage and Geotourism

Geoheritage and Geotourism

A European Perspective

Edited by Thomas A. Hose


Boydell Press



Essays on aspects of the natural world, its heritage, and how best to preserve it.
Europe's engagement from the late sixteenth century onwards in scientific Earth science inquiry has generated numerous and varied collections of minerals, rocks, and fossils, together with their associated archives, artworks and publications, forming a rich cultural geoheritage held in major private and especially royal and aristocratic collections, museums, universities, archives and libraries. The mines, quarries, geological structures, landforms, minerals, rocks and fossils - or geodiversity - that underpin these collections populate past and present-day Earth science literature. However, for too long their scientific, historic and cultural significance was not universally recognised and generally they were not accorded adequate resources and protection - or geoconservation. Hence, geotourism was developed in the 1990s to raise public awareness of Europe's geoheritage and geodiversity and to promote its geoconservation; the volume's theoretical essays and case studies examine these four core geoelements and provide a timely introduction for anyone interested in natural history museums, countryside management, and landscape-based tourism.

Dr Thomas A. Hose is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. He has pioneered the recognition of and research into geotourism, and is the author of the world's first doctoral thesis on the subject.

Contributors: Kevin Crawford, Peter Davis, John E. Gordon. Thomas A. Hose, Jonathan G. Larwood, Slobodan B. Markovic, Martin Munt, Emmanuel Reynard, Nemanja Tomic, Djordjije A. Vasiljevic, Margaret Wood, Volker Wrede


November 2016
30 black and white illustrations
352 pages
24x17 cm
Heritage Matters
ISBN: 9781783271474
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC GM, 1D, 2AB, 3J
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Geoheritage and Geotourism - Thomas A. Hose
Britain and Europe's Geoheritage - Thomas A. Hose
Geological Inquiry in Britain and Europe: a Brief History - Thomas A. Hose
Museums and Geoheritage in Britain and Europe - Thomas A. Hose
Geoheritage for Sale: Collectors, Dealers and Auction Houses - Thomas A. Hose
Geoheritage in the Field - Thomas A. Hose
Geoconservation: an Introduction to European Principles and Practices - Jonathan Larwood
Geotourism in Britain and Europe: Historical and Modern Perspectives - Thomas A. Hose
Protecting and Promoting the Geoheritage of South-Eastern Europe - Thomas A. Hose and Djordjije Vasiljevic
Geoheritage Case Study: the Isle of Wight, England - Martin Munt
A Geoheritage Interpretation Case Study: the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland - Kevin Crawford
A Geoheritage Case Study: GeoMôn in Wales - John Conway and Margaret Wood
Geoheritage Case Study: The Ruhrgebiet National GeoPark, Germany - Volker Wrede
Geoheritage Case Study: Andalucia, Spain - Thomas A. Hose
Geoheritage Case Study: Geotourism and Geoparks in Scotland - John Gordon
Geoheritage Case Study: Canton Valais, Switzerland - Emmanuel Reynard
Geoheritage Case Study: the Danube Region in Serbia - Djordjije Vasiljevic and Slobodon Markovic and Nemanja Tomic
Conclusion - Thomas A. Hose

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