Dictionary of Geotourism

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

Qitai Silicified Wood-Dinosaur National Geopark, Xinjiang

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2000

This geopark is located 150 km north of Qitai County in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It became a national geopark in 2004. The main geological features are the fossils and geomorphology. In a long narrow gully zone that is 5 km long and 2.33 km wide, nearly 1,000 petrified trees have been exposed. The main species are cypress, primitive spruce and South American fir. The ages of the trees range from hundreds to thousands of years, and most are approximately 1 m in diameter. The largest is more than 2 m in diameter and 26 m long. Dinosaur fossils are also present. The area has the peculiar Yadang landscape and colourful rocks.

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