Geodiversity assessment in the Ganos (Isıklar) Mount (NW Turkey)

Original Article

Abstract

Geodiversity is considered important for protecting, planning, and managing the environment. Recently developed new methods allow us to identify geodiversity in a more concrete way. An increased number of studies have assessed mountainous and especially rural regions in recent years. This study assessed geodiversity of the Ganos (Isıklar) Mount. The assessment included calculating the degree of geodiversity, mapping its distribution, and associating that distribution with habitats. In this study, we utilized GIS techniques and the method developed by Serrano and Ruiz-Flaño. Statistical analyses were used to explain the relationship between the obtained results and habitats. The geodiversity index value of the Ganos Mount was found to be 14.8, which places it within a very high geodiversity class. The richness of the Ganos Mount’s geodiversity results from the diversity of natural environmental features. Since the density distribution of abiotic elements in the Ganos Mount varies, very low (32%) and medium (30%) geodiversity classes cover the widest area. The method developed by Serrano and Ruiz-Flaño using GIS data produced accurate results. It was preferred because of its applicability and convenience. This study also confirmed the ability of GIS to integrate spatial and attributed data and offer a quick and reliable method of geodiversity assessment with high accuracy. This research method may be used in natural environmental planning. In this way, natural environment can be used in a more appropriate and sustainable way.

Keywords

Geodiversity Geodiversity assessment Serrano and Ruiz-flaño method Geographic information systems Ganos (Isıklar) Mount 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Faculty of Art and ScienceUniversity of Namık KemalTekirdagTurkey

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