are specific geological forms or features, which have aesthetic,
scientific, cultural or instructive value and should be
protected and preserved for present and future generations. They
are natural monuments, which were formed throughout geological
time by means of a variety of geologic processes, including
denudation (erosion, weathering and transport), deposition,
earth movements, metamorphism and igneous activity. Some of them
were revealed by the action of man in relation to activities
such as road construction, mining and quarrying.
the value of geoforms has been known to geologists and
naturalists for some time now, it was only recently that
systematic and coordinated efforts were made to record them and
include them in “National Catalogues of Natural Monuments”
and the UNESCO “Catalogue of World Natural Heritage”.
Geoforms are gradually becoming better known to the public and
are being more and more appreciated.