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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). 

Click here to visit the official website of the Global Geoparks Network. (Overseas website)

 

– Global Geoparks Networks Members List (Members: 33 countries, 120 sites)
* As of end of September 2015

Country Site
China 黄山(Huangshan)
廬山(Lushan)
雲台山(Yuntaishan)
石林(Shilin Stone Forest)
丹霞山(Danxiashan)
張家界(Zhangjiajie Sandstone Peak Forest)
五大連池(Wudalianchi)
嵩山(Songshan)
雁蕩山(Yandangshan)
泰寧(Taining)
克什克騰(Hexigten)
興文(Xingwen)
泰山(Taishan)
王屋山-黛眉山(Wangwushan-Daimeishan)
雷涼(王+京)(Leiqiong)
房山(Fangshan)
鏡泊湖(Jingpohu)
伏牛山(Funiushan)
竜虎山(Longhushan)
自貢(Zigong)
阿拉善(Alashang)
泰嶺終南山(Mt.Zhongnan,Qinling Mountains)
広西チワン族自治区(Leye-Fengshan)
福建省(Ningde)
天柱山(Tianzhushan)
香港(Hong Kong)
三清山(Sanqingshan)
延慶(Yanqing)
神農架(Shennongjia)
昆仑山(Mount Kunlun)
大理苍山(Dali Mount Cangshan)
敦煌(Dunhuang)
織金洞(Zhijindong)
Iceland Katla
Reykjanes
Norway Gea Norvegica
Magma
Finland Rokua
Hungary/Slovakia Novohrad-Nograd
Hungary Bakony-Balaton
United Kingdom North Pennines AONB
North Western Highlands
Forest Fawr
English Riviera
Geo Mon
Shetland
Ireland Copper Coast
Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Ireland/Northern Ireland Marble Arch Caves & Cuilcagh Mountain
France Reserve Geologique de Haute Provence
Luberon
Massif des Bauges
Chablais
Monts d’Ardèche
Germany Terra Vita
Bergstrasse-Odenwald
Vulkaneifel
Schwabische Albs
Harz-Braunschweiger Land Ostfalen

 

Country Site
Germany/Poland Luk Muzokowa Mus Kauer Faltenbogen
Austria Cental Catalonya
Eisenwurzen
Carnic Alps
Ore of the Alps
Slovenia/Austria Karavanke/Karawanken
Slovenia Idrija
Netherlands Hondsrug
Turkey Kula Volcanic
Romania Hateg Country Dinosaur
Croatia Papuk
Czech Republic Bohemian Paradise
Greece Petrified Forest of Lesvos
Psiloritis
Chelmos-Vouraikos
Vicos-Aoos
Sitia
Italy Madonie
Beigua
Geological and Mining Park of Sardinia
Adamello Brenta
Rocca Di Cerere
Parco Nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano
Tuscam Mining Park
Alpi Apu Ane
Sesia-Val Grande
Pollino
Spain Maestrazgo
Sobrarbe
Sierras Subbeticas
Cabo de Gata
Basque Coast
Sierra Norte De Sevilla
Villuercas-Ibores-Jara
Cental Caledonia
Molina and Alto Tajo
El Hierro
Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands
Portugal Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional
Arouca
Azores
Lands of Knights
Canada Stonehammer
Tumbler Ridge
Japan 糸魚川(Itoigawa)
洞爺湖・有珠山(Toya caldera and Usu volcano)
島原半島(Unzen Volcanic Area)
山陰海岸(San’in Kaigan)
室戸(Muroto)
隠岐(Oki Islands)
阿蘇(Aso)
アポイ岳(Mount Apoi)
Korea 済州島(Jeju Island)
Malaysia Langkawi
Vietnam Dong Van Karst Plateau
Indonesia Batur
Gunung Sewu
Brazil Araripe
Uruguay Grutas del Palacio
Denmark Odsherred
Morocco M’Goun
Cyprus Troodos

 

 

Sister Geopark
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
Located in Sigri, a town in the west of Lesvos Island, the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest featuring modern and stylish exhibitions provides various kinds of information concerning the Lesvos Geopark.
Official website of the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (Overseas website)


Sister geopark agreement signing ceremony


Lesvos Island

One of the biggest sequoia trees fossilized upright, this silicified tree is 7.02 m high and 8.5 m around.