Successful interpretation remains a key challenge in further geotourism development, and several associated practical issues are pointed out such as choice of terminology, uncertainties in scientific understanding and stand-alone attractiveness of geoheritage.Volcanic events and volcanic landforms represent natural phenomena which have long generated considerable interest amongst both scientists and general public, with examples appearing since the antiquity (Erfurt-Cooper ).
The World Heritage List of UNESCO now lists at least 16 volcanic sites (Wood ).
Numerous European geoparks, whether within the European Geopark Network or designated at a national level, explore volcanic themes, both ancient (e.g.
Petrified Forest on Lesvos, Greece; Egeria, Germany; Góra Świętej Anny, Poland) and more recent (Eifel, Germany), as well as contemporary volcanism itself (Katla, Iceland; El Hierro, Spain).
Likewise, several global geoparks have been established in areas of either contemporary/sub-recent volcanism (e.g.
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Either the server is overloaded or there was an error in a CGI script.If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.In the West Sudetes (SW Poland), volcanic activity of Oligocene and Miocene age has left a suite of landforms of considerable geomorphological interest.Besides being relevant to the subject of volcanology, they illustrate how volcanism influences interplays with landscape development in the long-term.Three main geomorphological themes are explored: structural geomorphology of ancient volcanic terrain, volcanic remnants as markers of long-term denudation and hillslope evolution under periglacial conditions of the Pleistocene.Volcanic geosites are used as a resource for geotourism and promotion of geoheritage has intensified recently, with the region branding itself as the ‘Land of Extinct Volcanoes’.