Geoheritage

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 17–27 | Cite as

Geosites Inventory in the Geopark Villuercas-Ibores-Jara (Extremadura, Spain): A Proposal for a New Classification

  • Manuel Pulido Fernández
  • David Lagar Timón
  • Ramón García Marín
Original Article

Abstract

Villuercas-Ibores-Jara is one of the most socioeconomically deprived areas of the Spanish region of Extremadura. However, its geological heritage and other natural resources have still not been sufficiently used. The recent integration of this region in the European Geoparks Network can be considered an important milestone for the promotion of a local socioeconomic development based on the sustainable management of natural areas. An inventory of 44 geosites was identified by the geopark's scientific committee in 14 categories by their main scientific interest. This article proposes a more straightforward classification of these geosites using only a total of six classes.

Keywords

Geological heritage Geosites Inventory Appalachian relief Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Spain 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Organismo Autónomo para el Desarrollo Local de la Diputación Provincial de Cáceres, the Grupo de Acción Local APRODERVI and Juan Gil Montes (http://jugimo.blogspot.com) for the supplied information. We are also grateful to the reviewers' and editor's comments that have considerably improved the quality of the paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuel Pulido Fernández
    • 1
  • David Lagar Timón
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ramón García Marín
    • 3
  1. 1.Grupo de Investigación GeoambientalUniversidad de ExtremaduraCaceresSpain
  2. 2.Área de Desarrollo Local y FormaciónDiputación Provincial de CáceresCaceresSpain
  3. 3.Dinámicas Territoriales: Análisis y Ordenación, Departamento de GeografíaUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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