Because of their specific physical characteristics (altitude, slopes, orientations, climate), mountain environments have an important natural diversity. In particular, their geodiversity is generally much larger than in the lowlands, and because mountain geosites are often very aesthetic, mountain areas present a great potential for geoheritage, geoconservation and geotourism studies. This paper reviews six reasons why this potential is high and concludes that mountain areas are particularly interesting to develop educational programs on three current environmental issues: climate change; natural hazards; and human impacts on particularly sensitive geomorphological environments. The paper reviews then the principal researches in the field of geoheritage currently carried out on these three topics and presents two case studies in the Italian and Swiss Alps.

The importance of mountain geomorphosites for environmental education: Examples from the Italian dolomites and the swiss alps / Reynard, Emmanuel; Coratza, Paola. - In: ACTA GEOGRAPHICA SLOVENICA. - ISSN 1581-6613. - 56:2(2016), pp. 291-303. [10.3986/AGS.1684]

The importance of mountain geomorphosites for environmental education: Examples from the Italian dolomites and the swiss alps

CORATZA, Paola
2016

Abstract

Because of their specific physical characteristics (altitude, slopes, orientations, climate), mountain environments have an important natural diversity. In particular, their geodiversity is generally much larger than in the lowlands, and because mountain geosites are often very aesthetic, mountain areas present a great potential for geoheritage, geoconservation and geotourism studies. This paper reviews six reasons why this potential is high and concludes that mountain areas are particularly interesting to develop educational programs on three current environmental issues: climate change; natural hazards; and human impacts on particularly sensitive geomorphological environments. The paper reviews then the principal researches in the field of geoheritage currently carried out on these three topics and presents two case studies in the Italian and Swiss Alps.
2016
56
2
291
303
The importance of mountain geomorphosites for environmental education: Examples from the Italian dolomites and the swiss alps / Reynard, Emmanuel; Coratza, Paola. - In: ACTA GEOGRAPHICA SLOVENICA. - ISSN 1581-6613. - 56:2(2016), pp. 291-303. [10.3986/AGS.1684]
Reynard, Emmanuel; Coratza, Paola
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