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About the Global Geoparks Network
|As of the end of September 2015, the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) comprised 120 sites in 33 countries.
* One of the San’in Kaigan Geopark’s sister geoparks is the Petrified Forest of Lesvos (Greece).
Lesvos Geopark (Petrified Forest of Lesvos), Greece
|In February 2011, the San’in Kaigan Geopark and the Lesvos Geopark signed a sister-geopark agreement. The two geoparks are going to cooperate with each other in information exchange concerning the conservation and utilization of resources and in the dissemination and promotion of geoparks.
Official website of the Lesvos Geopark (Overseas website)
– What makes the Lesvos Geopark stand out
Having joined the GGN shortly after its founding, the Lesvos Geopark is one of the leading global geoparks. Its most outstanding feature is the forest that submerged and fossilized as it was.
A subtropical forest in the northwestern part of Lesvos Island submerged in the pyroclastic material (volcanic rocks and volcanic ash) that came out from a major volcanic eruption that took place in the northern Aegean Sea 15-20 million years ago. In the long period of time that ensued, the plant component of the forest was replaced by a stone component (producing silicified wood), resulting in a “forest fossil.”
Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest
Sister geopark agreement signing ceremony
One of the biggest sequoia trees fossilized upright, this silicified tree is 7.02 m high and 8.5 m around.