Dictionary of Geotourism

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North Pennines AONB Geopark, UK

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1761

This geopark is located in the hilly area of northern England and covers an area of approximately 2,000 km2. It became a global geopark in 2004. The park includes Cumbria, Durham County and Northumberland. The geological features of the area are of global significance and include typical examples of base metal deposits. The North Pennines formed during the uplift of the Greater Alstomian area, which resulted in numerous major faults, the cliffs of western Eden and the fissures of Tyne to the north. In the hills, the drainage system of the valleys was cut, forming steep gorges in the lower reaches of the Allen River and the gradual opening of the river valley landscape to the Tis Valley.

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