Global Network of National Geoparks

Songshan Geopark enters into a twinning agreement with three global geoparks

Source : Published :July 8, 2008

Delegates from Songshan Geopark attended the 3rd International Geoparks Conference held in Germany in the last ten-day period of June. During this conference, Songshan Geopark entered into a twinning agreement with three global geoparks, i.e. Langkawi Geopark-Malaysia, Bohemian Paradise- Czechoslovakia and Sobrarbe Geopark-Spain.

It is required for both parties of the twinning agreement to initiate multiform exchange and cooperation in the geopark-related education, research, conservation, development, tourism and other fields on the basis of the principle of friendship and mutual benefit. It also obligatory for the management of both parties to often keep in touch with departments concerned in order to negotiate about the affairs of mutual exchange and cooperation as well as common concerns and accelerate mutual prosperity and development.

Songshan Geopark

Located in DengFeng City, Henan Province and covers an area of 464 Km2.From west to east, the Songshan Geopark stretch across the Ampere of slope mountain,Ma An mountain ,Five Fo mountain, Dan yang mountain,Shaoshi mountain,Taishi mountain and all the Five fingers ridge peaks. These hills rise straight up standing erect, capture a field vacating heaven, peaks rising one higher than another and grand and magnificent.

In the structure of the earth, Song Shan mountain lives in the Southern fringe of North China old land and in the range of the park ,it continuously completely has revealed for 3.6 billion years five geologic history time stratum, the order of stratum is clear, structure movements and expression is representative. Song Shan mountain is called"Five generations living together" by the world of the geology and in fact, it is a volume of entire the earth history stone book

Langkawi Geopark

Made-up of the 99 islands, including the flora, fauna, geological and landscapes, the Langkawi islands have been especially identified for the geological, archaeological and ecological heritage, including the 400 million-year-old rock formation and mangrove forests.

Some of the amazing rocky structures in Langkawi Geopark, such as the barren and exposed karstic hills can only be observed from afar as the irregular terrain makes it difficult and rather treacherous to explore. Langkawi generally, and the eastern geopark area in particular, have coastal landforms that are distinct from other coastlines in Malaysia. This is due to the diverse geology of the region, which is very much influenced by the ravages of sea, rain and waves, besides bioerosion caused by marine life. All of these have resulted in unique formations including caves and steep serrated rocky edges that over time have collapsed into the sea leaving vertical and overhanging cliffs.

Bohemian Paradise

The Bohemian Paradise is situated nearly one hundred kilometers to the northeast from Prague. Geographically it is demarcated by a borderline connecting Mnichovo Hradiste, Sychrov, the hill Kopanina, Zelezny Brod, Semily, Lomnice nad Popelkou, Jicin, Sobotka and Mnichovo Hradiste. This picturesque area borders on foot-hills of the Giant Mountains in the east and is marked off by the belt of the Jizerské Mountains and the Giant Mountains in the north. In this romantic area, that is situated on the middle part of the Jizera river, variety of nature beauties is bound with rich historical buildings: castles, chateaux and folk architecture. Exactly it was the reason why the guests of the Sedmihorky spa started to call it the Bohemian Paradise already in the 19th century.

SOBRARBE GEOPARK-The Geological Park of the Pyrenees

With a surface area of 2,202 km2 the Sobrarbe territory is located in the Alto Aragón (Huesca, SPAIN), in the central zone of the southern slope of the Pyrenees and is bordered by France along the north.

Main Geological Heritage:Old mining activities of metal ores were located in the high Palaeozoic mountains in the northern part of the region, where glacial activities took place during the Quaternary (moraine deposits or glacial lakes called “ibons”).

Further south younger rock units of Mesozoic to Paleocene age form the roughest mountains of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. As a result of the subterranean circulation of water, the region has one of the most visited karstic system of Europe.