Mining Landforms: An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Geotourism and Geoeducational Potential

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Anthropogenic landforms (especially the mining landforms – quarries, pits, mines) have undoubtedly a great potential for the geotourism development. In addition, they are important from the geoconservation and geoeducation point of view as they allow to see the Earth-science features that would normally remain hidden (e.g., stratigraphic boundaries or soil profiles). However, the potential of these landforms in some case is not fully recognized and the sites themselves can even be endangered. The article presents guidelines for inventorying and assessment method for geotourism and geoeducational purposes of these specific landforms (respectively, the mining geosites and geomorphosites which are going to be used for geotourism and geoeducation) and gives an example from the area in which geotourism has not been fully developed yet (Červený kopec/Red Hill in Brno, Czech Republic).

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