Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Keweenaw Geopark proposal to be discussed Mar. 18

HOUGHTON -- A proposal for a Keweenaw Geopark will be discussed from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 18, in M and M Room U113 on the Michigan Tech campus. Professor Benjamin van Wyk deVries, from the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France, an experienced promoter of Geoparks throughout Europe, will lead the discussion.

Geoparks are places that ...
  • have destination identities similar to national heritage areas.
  • are defined by the geology of the landscape and transcend boundaries of protected areas.
  • operate as a partnership between people and land managers working to promote Earth heritage through education and sustainable tourism.
  • are nationally or globally significant geologic areas.
While there are currently 77 Geoparks worldwide, none of these are located within the US.

The discussion is free, and all are welcome. For more information, see http://www.geo.mtu.edu/~raman/Geopark/Welcome.html.

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