The Petrified Forest of Lesvos A Unique Natural Monument

  • Nickolas C. ZourosEmail author


The Petrified Forest of Lesvos covers an area of 15,000 ha and has been declared a Protected Natural Monument. Fossil sites with standing and lying petrified tree trunks are found in many localities on the western part of Lesvos Island. The Petrified Forest was developed during Late Oligocene to Lower-Middle Miocene, due to intense volcanic activity in the area. In order to protect the Petrified Forest and ensure its proper management, serious efforts have been made during the last decades, including the foundation of the Natural History Museum of Lesvos Petrified Forest, scientific research, geoconservation, site protection measures etc. All these elements comprise the main parameters for the operation of the Western Lesvos Geopark, a body whose aims are the protection of the geological heritage and sustainable local development.


Pyroclastic Material Geological Heritage Fossil Site Natural Monument Environmental Education Programme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  2. 2.Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified ForestLesvosGreece

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