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Appreciating Physical Landscapes: Three Hundred Years of Geotourism

Product Code: SP417
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by T.A. Hose
Publication Date: 01 February 2016
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Special Publication 417

Geotourism, as a form of sustainable geoheritage tourism, was defined and developed, from the early 1990s, to contextualize modern approaches to geoconservation and physical landscape management. However, its roots lie in the late seventeenth century and the emergence of the Grand Tour and its domestic equivalents in the eighteenth century. Its participants and numerous later travellers and tourists, including geologists and artists, purposefully explored wild landscapes as‘geotourists’.
The written and visual records of their observations underpin the majority of papers within this volume; these papers explore some significant geo-historical themes, organizations, individuals and locations across three centuries, opening with seventeenth century elite travellers and closing with modern landscape tourists. Other papers examine the resources available to those geotourists and explore the geotourism paradigm.
The volume will be of particular interest to Earth scientists, historians of science, tourism specialists and general readers with an interest in landscape history.

Published online 07/01/2016. Print copies available from 01/02/2016.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-724-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 248
Weight: 0.85 kg



HENRY, C. J. Foreword

HOSE, T. A. Three centuries (1670–1970) of appreciating physical landscapes

GORDON, J. E. & BAKER, M. Appreciating geology and the physical landscape in Scotland: from tourism of awe to experiential re-engagement

HUDSON, B. J. Waterfalls and the Romantic traveller

PULLIN, R. The artist as geotourist: Eugene von Guérard and the seminal sites of early volcanic research in Europe and Australia

VAN DEN ANCKER, J. A. M. & JUNGERIUS, P. D. Landscape and geotourism on the Dutch coast in the seventeenth century as depicted by landscape artists

WHALLEY, W. B. & PARKINSON, A. F. Visitors to ‘the northern playgrounds’: tourists and exploratory science in north Norway

BUREK, C. V. & HOSE, T. A. The role of local societies in early modern geotourism: a case study of the Chester Society of Natural Science and the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club 95

LARWOOD, J. G. Geotourism: an early photographic insight through the lens of the Geologists’ Association

HENRY, C. J. & HOSE, T. A. The contribution of maps to appreciating physical landscape: examples from Derbyshire’s Peak District

COPE, M. A. Three centuries of open access to the caves in Stoney Middleton Dale Site of Special Scientific Interest, Derbyshire

MATHER, J. D. Geology and landscape in SW England in the late eighteenth century, as recorded in the travel journals of William George Maton (1774–1840)

BRISTOW, C. The role of Carclaze tin mine in eighteenth and nineteenth century geotourism

CAYLA, N., GAUCHON, C. & HOBLÉA, F. From tourism to geotourism: a few historical cases from the French Alpine foreland

MIGOŃ , P. Rediscovering geoheritage, reinventing geotourism: 200 years of experience from the Sudetes, Central Europe

VASILJEVIĆ , D. A., MARKOVIĆ, S. B. & VUJIČIĆ , M. D. Appreciating loess landscapes through history: the basis of modern loess geotourism in the Vojvodina region of North Serbia



T. Tokaryk

What we would now call geotourism, a somewhat new term, is in fact applied to many ventures in the past three centuries. Throughout this book the authors identifies divergent examples, usually bent on some landscape character, all from an Old World perspective. To be sure, geotourism has been a factor in the western expansion of the west, whether through the various trails heading west in the United States, or, in a singleton fashion across the railways in Canada. However, this book landmarks the formalization of the idea and trends across its own landscape resources.

Review featured in The Official Newsletter of Canadian Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology Winter 2016/2017

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