Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Bayannaoer Geopark, Inner Mongolia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_141

This geopark is located in Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and has an area of 327 km2. It became a national geopark in 2011. The park mainly features a dinosaur fossil site in Urad Rear Banner, typical stratigraphy and granite wind-erosion landforms. Since 2006, a Linheraptor under Dromaeosaurus, new types of Troodon, Oviraptor and Linhenykus under Mononykus have been discovered in the dinosaur fossil preserve. The distinctive wind-erosion landforms and landscapes are mainly represented by granite stone forests, which are quite typical. The geopark also boasts abundant natural and human cultural landscapes. The natural landscapes mainly include the Ulan Buh Desert and desert lakes. Mobile dunes are common in the southern part of the Ulan Buh Desert, longitudinal dunes are common in the middle, and fixed and semi-fixed dunes are common in the north. The desert lakes mainly include Nalin Lake, Dongqing Lake, Desert Sanhu and Ulansuhai Nur. The surrounding areas have...

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