Global Network of National Geoparks

Role of earth scientists in construction of geopark

Published :March 25, 2008

Tao kuiyuan1, Huang mouchang2, Chen Yaojin3
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources, MLR, 534 E. Zhongshan Rd. Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210016, China
2Department of land and Resources, Hainan Province, 59 Haifu Rd. Haikou, 270204, China
3Hainan-Yewan Ambitious Conglomerate Ltd., 6H Haiya International Building, Kuomou Rd. Haikou, 570126, China

Keywords: Earth scientist, Geopark, scientific research, planning and construction, popular science education

Geopark, as an innovation emerged in 21 century, has been welcome and supported by Chinese earth scientists and general public. The construction and development of Leiqiong geopark learned a lot from experience.

Leiqiong geopark consists of three parts: Haikou-Shishan Volcanic National Geopark, Hainan Province, Zhanjiang-Huguangyan National Geopark, Guangdong Province, and Beihai-Weizhou Island Volcano National Geopaark, Guangxi. In terms of geology, all belong to Leiqiong Rift Volcanic belt. The geopark contains plenty of geologic remains which have recorded in light of volcanology the generation and evolution of a continent marginal rift; embraces many types of well preserved volcano and rich in volcanic landscapes such as lava tunnels. It is highly spoken as a natural exhibition garden for Quaternary volcano and basalt. The geopark has concentrated maar clusters, and become the place where Maar Lake was first studied in China; also has become the research base for cooperative study of Chinese and German scientists. There are developed various seashore landforms constructed of typical volcanic rocks in the geopark.

This talk will discuss the role earth scientists have played in the construction of the Geopark.