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The History of Geoconservation

Product Code: SP300
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by C V Burek and C D Prosser
Publication Date: 02 July 2008
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Special Publication 300

This book is the first to describe the history of geoconservation. It draws on experience from the UK, Europe and further afield, to explore topics including: what is geoconservation; where, when and how did it start; who was responsible; and how has it differed across the world? Geological and geomorphological features, processes, sites and specimens, provide a resource of immense scientific and educational importance. They also form the foundation for the varied and spectacular landscapes that help define national and local identity as well as many of the great tourism destinations. Mankind's activities, including contributing to enhanced climate change, pose many threats to this resource: the importance of safeguarding and managing it for future generations is now widely accepted as part of sustainable development. Geoconservation is an established and growing activity across the world, with more participants and a greater profile than ever before. This volume highlights a history of challenges, set-backs, successes and visionary individuals and provides a sound basis for taking geoconservation into the future.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-254-0
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.95 kg



The history of geoconservation: an introduction, C V Burek & C D Prosser

How things began: the origins of geological conservation, P Doughty

Geological conservation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, B A Thomas & L M Warren

Geodiversity: the origin and evolution of a paradigm, M Gray

Towards a history of geotourism: definitions, antecedents and the future, T A Hose

The role of the voluntary sector in the evolving geoconservation movement, C V Burek

The Geologists’ Association and geoconservation: history and achievements, C P Green

The role of the British Geological Survey in the history of geoconservation, A A Mcmillan

The history of geoconservation in England: legislative and policy milestones, C D Prosser

A history of the Geological Conservation Review, N Ellis

A historical perspective on local communities and geological conservation, G J Worton

History of RIGS in Wales: an example of successful cooperation for geoconservation, C V Burek

A history of geological conservation on the Isle of Wight, M Munt

Context and history of geological conservation in Warwickshire, central England, J D Radley

A vision of ‘deep time’: the ‘Geological Illustrations’ of Crystal Palace Park, London, P Doyle

Cavers and geoconservation: the history of cave exploration and its contribution to speleology in the Yorkshire Dales, P J Murphy & A T Chamberlain

Conservation at the cutting-edge: the history of geoconservation on the Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve, Dudley, England, C D Prosser & J G Larwood

A history of geoconservation in the Republic of Ireland, M A Parkes

History of geoconservation in Europe, L Erikstad

Geodiversity in the wilderness: a brief history of geoconservation in Tasmania, I Houshold & C Sharples

History of Geoparks, C Jones

Geological site designation under the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention, P J Boylan



Nizamettin Kazanci

The book is a well-illustrated, easily readable volume. The volume is an excellent benchmark in the field of geoconservation. I recommend it strongly for every individual and institutional library.

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