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Geotrails by Professor Ross Dowling OAM

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Presentation to the Preconference Workshop (Geotourism for Geoscientists), AGCC 2018, 14th October 2018

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Geotrails by Professor Ross Dowling OAM

  1. 1. 1 Geotrails Professor Ross Dowling OAM Foundation Professor of Tourism Edith Cowan University, Perth Workshop 9 Geotourism for Geoscientists Sunday 14 October 2018
  2. 2. 2 Contents of Presentation 1. Geotrails 2. Types of Geotrails 3. The Trail of Time
  3. 3. 3 1. Geotrails • A trail is a corridor, route or pathway with strong links with the natural and cultural environment • A ‘geological’ trail has a particular focus on its geology especially the links between the physical landforms and the processes which act on them • A ‘geotrail’ starts with geological interpretation then relates this to the Biotic and Cultural features
  4. 4. 4 Geotrails The Australian Geologist Sept 2014
  5. 5. 5 A Typical Geological Trail Prof Ron Boyd, University of Newcastle
  6. 6. 6 Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail
  7. 7. 7 Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail
  8. 8. 8 2. Types of Geotrails There are a number of different types of geotrails. These include: 1. Drive trails 2. Walk trails 3. Water trails 4. Urban trails 5. Thematic trails
  9. 9. 9 Drive Geotrails Pilbara, WA Discovery Drive Trail
  10. 10. 10 Dig the Tropics Geotrail From the Outback to the Reef www.digthetropic.com.au Stone House Museum, Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Lark Quarry, Sapphire Gemfields, Capricorn Caves
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  15. 15. 15 The Living Earth West Coast Geotrail, Tasmania
  16. 16. 16 USA
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  18. 18. 18 Sultanate of Oman
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  21. 21. 21 Walk Geotrails South Korea – Ollie Trail, Jeju Island
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  25. 25. 25 Earth Heritage
  26. 26. 26 UK – Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Geopark Way long distance walking trail
  27. 27. 27 Rottnest Island – Geology Trail
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  29. 29. 29 Perth – Proposed Hills Walk Geotrail
  30. 30. 30 Water Geotrails Spain – La Route du Flysch, Basque Coast
  31. 31. 31 La Route du Flysch
  32. 32. 32 English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark
  33. 33. 33 San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark
  34. 34. 34Portugal – Beachside Geotrail, Porto Urban Geotrails
  35. 35. 35 Porto
  36. 36. 36 Sign and Brochure
  37. 37. 37 Iceland - urban geotrail, Selfoss
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  39. 39. 39 Perth – Geotrail
  40. 40. 40 Brisbane – Geotrail
  41. 41. 41 Mining Geotrails
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  43. 43. 43 2. The Trail of Time Grand Canyon, USA • The Trail of Time is the world’s largest Geoscience exhibition at the world’s grandest geologic landscape • It is a 4.56km long trail marked at every meter with 1 m = 1 million years of earth’s 4.560 m year long geologic history • It is also supported by an electronic ‘Virtual Trail of Time’
  44. 44. 44 The Opening of the Trail of Time Thursday 13 October 2010
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  56. 56. 56 Conclusions • Geotrails can occur in both natural or built environments • They are both an attraction and an activity, and they can foster accommodation development as well • Geotrails add value to existing tourism regions or can be the initiator of tourism development
  57. 57. 57 Geotrails THE END Ross Dowling r.dowling@ecu.edu.au

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