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Introduction

 

Geoforms 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.

 

Although 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.

 

 

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