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Geotourism in Malaysia

By Linda Tancs

Malaysia’s first established UNESCO Geopark is located in Langkawi, a popular holiday destination summoning visitors to its 99 islands in the Andaman Sea.  Like other UNESCO designations, a Geopark is so named for its contributions to history and culture–in this case, add in its geological value.  Datai Bay boasts some of the oldest rock formations in the region, dating back over 500 million years.  The boat ride from Datai Bay to Telaga Habour presents scenic rocky cliff formations.  And that’s just one of several trails through the area highlighting sea arches, caves, mangrove forests and tropical jungles.

Geoparks Celebrate Geological Diversity

By Linda Tancs

Shetland is, as its website says, an area where Scotland meets Scandinavia and the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Given this description, you would imagine there’s a fair degree of diversity in the landscape. Indeed, the region boasts a geological bonanza of newly-birthed mountains, ancient rivers, tropical seas and deserts. No wonder that Shetland has recently been designated a European Geopark. Simply put, a European Geopark is an area with a unique geological heritage that fosters the development of geotourism. There are currently 34 geoparks among 13 European countries. Learn more here.

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