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The scope and nature of geotourism

ByDavid Newsome, Ross Dowling

Geotourism can therefore be mostly conceptualized according to Figure 1.2. Form represents the existing landscape and its features and materials. Landscapes of geotourism interest include mountain ranges, rift valleys, great escarpments, volcanoes, karst landscapes and arid environments. Within these landscapes there may be characteristic landforms or an array of landforms. For example, within a particular mountain range there may be glacial and fluvial geomorphic features. Moreover, a hierarchy of features of geotourism interest may be identified within a landscape; these may range from individual landforms through to geological materials such as rocks, sediments and fossils (Figure 1.3).