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Aspromonte Global Geopark(new 2021)

Located in Calabria in the south of Italy, rising from sea level to almost 2,000 meters, the Geopark is home to over 273,000 people.Its peculiar geology is the result of a geodynamic and seismotectonic evolution that started more than 500 million years ago and is still ongoing. The Geopark lies on a peninsular fragment along the Apennine chain, which corresponds to a fragment of the Alpine chain detached from Spain, North-West Italy, Sardinia, and Corsica. A complex of mountains, ridges and plateaus alternates with deep valleys carved by unique natural water streams called fiumare, which have sculpted the hard rock of the crystalline-metamorphic substrate overtime and created spectacular waterfalls. The Geopark's unique geomorphology allows for a beautiful 360-degree view of the Straits of Messina, Mount Etna, the Aeolian Islands, the Calabrian Greek territories, the territory of Locri, and the Plain of Gioia Tauro.