GeoTop 2010
Geosites for the Public
Paleontology and Conservation of Geosites

14. Internationale Jahrestagung der Fachsektion GeoTop der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften and
6th International Symposium on Conservation of Geological Heritage
May 29th 2010 - June 2nd 2010 in Hagen (Westf.), Germany

Ed.: Vera Mügge-Bartolovic; Heinz-Gerd Röhling; Volker Wrede

2010. 244 pages, 21x30cm, 810 g
Language: English

(Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, Heft 66)

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The central themes of the conference "Geosites: Resources for the Public" and "Palaeontology and Conservation of Geosites" , held in October 2010 in Hagen, Germany, are expressions of the geology and the treasures of geological heritage in the Ruhr Area.

Review.: Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie Teil II Jg. 2012 Heft 1/2 top ↑

Geoconservation is an important direction in the modern Earth Science. The large academic meeting that occurred in the Ruhr area of Germany in 2010 refl ected the current achievements and challenges of geoconservation. A broad spectrum of relevant ideas discussed at this meeting are now summarized in a large volume addressed below.

The reviewed book consists of two parts, which are comparable in size. The first part (in fact, it is split into two parts entitled Lectures and Poster) is a collection of conference papers. Dozens of authors from many European countries present case examples of local, regional, and national geoconservation initiatives. The contributions about the geological heritage of the Ruhr area and the rest of Germany are numerous. However, some authors address to other countries like Albania, Moçambique, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Turkey. The reviewer, however, is very surprised to find nothing (or for almost nothing) about France, United Kingdom, and many countries outside Europe. Although some authors are not afraid theorizing, the majority of papers looks too practical. Better to say, they are based on case examples of geoconservation activity. In the reviewer’s opinion, this is a serious cavity.

As for its scientific content, this volume has some evident emphases. First, it pays a lot of attention to geoparks, geotourism, popular geological education, and museums. Second, many authors address to the very specific geological heritage related to mining. Third, the reviewer enjoys seeing contributions, which focus on hydrological and hydrogeological objects. Yes, the latters are also potential geosites (RUBAN & KUO 2010). Fourth, the reviewed book facilitates evidently a discussion of perspectives of geoconservation and geotourism in densely populated (including urban) areas. Of course, all above-mentioned topics are very important. Besides others, establishing links between geoconservation and geotourism from one side, and mining and local sustainable socio-economic development from the other side is crucial to mitigate possible conflicts between different stakeholders involved in or affected by geoconservation (RUBAN & KUO 2010). Some papers from the fi rst part of the book should be specially praised. These include the abstract by HORVÁTH & KARANCSI discussing the aesthetic value of landscapes with abandoned mining objects, the extended abstract by SCHMIDT-THOMÉ et al., who review the national geopark initiative realized in Germany, and the abstract by VAN DER ANCKER et al., who stress the importance of talented design and art work for panels installed at geosites in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Some papers mention stratigraphically- and palaeontologically-important sites. E.g., FOHLERT & BRAUNER tell about the Cabarz locality, which is famous for Permian insects, vertebrates, and plants, KOCH characterizes briefly Ordovician trilobites from the Ebbe Anticline, and so on. And, of course, all other contributions are not less interesting and important!

The second part of this book (entitled Field trips) offers a detailed description of field excursions in the Ruhr area undertaken during the meeting. It is excellent that the authors do not focus on only geosites and geoparks, but also pay an attention to geology (including economic geology and palaeontology) itself. Moreover, the geological heritage is described in a broad socio-economic context. The reviewer equally enjoyed the chapter written by HISS & MUTTERLOSE, who discuss geosites that are important for investigations of stratigraphy, fossils, sedimentation, and tectonics of the Cretaceous domains, and the chapter written by DE WITT, who emphasizes on the utility of objects like coke oven plant Hansa or workers’ housing estate Eisenheim for the full understanding of interactions between the regional geological and cultural heritage. Finally, lengthy lists of references given at the end of each excursion description will be highly appreciated by the readers. Generally, the geological heritage of the Ruhr area includes 1) both natural outcrops and artificial exposures (roadcuts, quarries etc.), 2) portable objects stored at museums, and 3) cultural, archaeological, industrial, and other objects, which are linked with the geological heritage directly and indirectly. Undoubtedly, the considered region has a great potential to become an outstanding and very special geotourist destination.

The reviewed book is nothing more than a typical conference volume. It is very informative and provides a lot of matter for further thoughts. However, the contributions are placed according to the alphabetical order of their first authors and, thus, the particular topics are mixed in a haphazard way. The papers differ in length, style, and mode of literature citations. Unfortunately, some of them are not prepared properly with regard to their language and style. Many contributions are abstract-like or they are true abstracts. Such a brevity is often very disappointing. Some papers are too descriptive, too declarative, or reflecting too preliminary considerations. The reviewer needs to underline that the descriptions of fi eld excursions, which constitutes the second part of the book, are written much better than the papers given in the first part. But there is one thing, which partly recompenses for the noted deficiencies. The reviewed volume is richly illustrated. Many figures are very accurate and detailed, and the most of them are given in full colour. Of course, they are a kind of worth themselves.

The volume edited by Mügge-Bartolović et al. will be very important for all specialists in geoconservation, mining geology, natural resources policy and law, and, of course, the local geology of the Ruhr area. The practical issues of geological heritage management at geosites and geoparks remain rarely-discussed in professional literature, and, consequently, the present volume is a source of very precious information.

DMITRY A. RUBAN, Rostov am Don

Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie Teil II Jg. 2012 Heft 1/2

Bespr.: der Aufschluss September/Oktober 2012 top ↑

Dem Ruhrgebiet wurde für das Jahr 2010 der Titel der Kulturhauptstadt Europas verliehen. In dieser Region ist die sozio-kulturelle und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung besonders eng mit den Bodenschätzen und damit den geologischen Bedingungen verknüpft. Der Nationale Geopark Ruhrgebiet ist gerade deshalb speziell geeignet, der Öffentlichkeit das Thema "Rohstoffland Ruhrgebiet" zu veranschaulichen. In dem Tagungsband werden z.B. Themen wie "Geotope und Rohstoffabbau", "Bergbau-und Industriekultur", "Bodenschätze früher und heute" angesprochen. In Hagen und Umgebung befinden sich zudem zahlreiche herausragende Aufschlüsse und Fossilfundstellen, z.T. sogar von weltweiter Bedeutung, so dass auch das Themenfeld „Paläontologie, Öffentlichkeit und Geotopschutz“ zur Diskussion anstand. Neben den Beiträgen, die regionale Aspekte behandeln, werden, bedingt durch die Zusammenarbeit mit ProGEO, auch eine Vielzahl internationaler Aktivitäten und Belange aufgezeigt. Die Zusammenfassungen der englischsprachigen Beiträge, Vorträge und Poster, sind interessant zu lesen, erschließen sie doch die Vielfalt der Aktivitäten und Ansätze in der Beschäftigung mit dem Thema Geotope auch im internationalen Vergleich.

Die Exkursionsbeschreibungen sind im zweiten Teil des Bandes kompiliert. Es werden Aufschlüsse zwischen Düsseldorf-Wuppertal-Essen-Hagen-Witten-Dortmund-Soest-Iserlohn umfassend dargestellt, so dass sich hier viele lohnende Ziele ergeben, die nur darauf warten entdeckt zu werden.

Dorothee Mertmann (Halle)

der Aufschluss September/Oktober 2012

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Table of Contents
Welcome address 9
Preface 11
Lectures 13
Geological construction of Mirusha Waterfall 14
Shehribane Abazi, Sali Mulaj, Ramiz Krasniqi, Alaudin Kodra, Fadil Bajraktari
The “German volcano route” as a part of the European volcano tourism route 15
Michael Abratis, Lothar Viereck-Götte, Olaf Tietz, Jörg Büchner, Ulrike Martin, Gerold Beckmann
Geosites of the mining Kolyma region: North-East of Russia 16
Antonina Alenicheva
Main Geosites of the Azores Geopark project 18
Eva Almeida Lima, João Carlos Nunes, Manuel Paulino Costa, Andrea Porteiro
Geotourism and geosite protection in the Vulkaneifel European Geopark Gerolsteiner Land – a tale of two stories 20
Peter Bitschene
Publication of geotouristic map „Geo-Pomerania” on geoportal map server Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as WMS (Web Map Service) 21
Andreas Börner
Conservation, Education and Entertainment: Geoparks going digital 22
Mirjam Bröhl, Uwe Reimold, Tobia Lakes
Exploring the relicts of historic mining in Dortmund-Syburg 23
Heinz-Ludwig Bücking
Transformation of production – Industrial heritage and post-industrial landscapes upon former coal and steel locations within the Ruhr Area 24
Ulrich Carow
Mining heritage and valorization in “Anjou Massif Armoricain“ 26
Philippe Cayla
Geological and landscape diversity, Dibra region, N- E Albania 28
Aleksandër Çina
The process of inventory of Geological Heritage in Mozambique 29
Ângelo Cumbe
Apple™ iPhone as a powerful tool for geosites inventorying, assessment and monitoring 30
Nelson Dias, Renato Henriques, João Rocha, Orlando Guimarães, José Brilha
First resolution towards geoconservation at the 4th World Conservation Congress of IUCN 31
Enrique Díaz-Martínez
Update on Spanish achievements and initiatives towards geoconservation: much done, much to be done 33
Enrique Díaz-Martínez, Luis Carcavilla, Ángel García-Cortés, Juana Vegas
‚German‘ Geoparks in Japan – Tracing Edmund Naumann 35
Wolfgang Eder
Strategic cooperation in Geotourism and regional Geo-Marketing The cooperation model GeoPark Ruhrgebiet – GeoTouring UG 36
Ulrich Eimer
The Common and the Unique – Geodiversity in geoconservation strategies 37
Lars Erikstad
The Cabarz locality - an active quarry, a natural monument and an outstanding Lower Permian fossil site in the National GeoPark Thuringia Inselsberg - Drei Gleichen 38
Kerstin Fohlert, Stephan Brauner
GeoPark Ruhrgebiet - Geology and Museum 40
Michael Ganzelewski
GEOSITES IN IRELAND – How to keep a thousand geological heritage sites in the local, regional and national consciousness 42
Sarah Gatley, Sophie Préteseille
Palaeontological conservation in the Rhineland, western Germany – or how to cut the Gordian knot 43
Renate Gerlach, Christoph Hartkopf-Fröder, Thomas Otten, Hans Martin Weber
The ‘Atlas of Palaeontological Potential in the Rhineland 1 : 100.000’ – an important tool for planning agencies, local administration and palaeontological resource management 45
Renate Gerlach, Christoph Hartkopf-Fröder, Hans Martin Weber, Hans-Gerd Wefels
Geological special interest tourism and extracurricular education - Experiences from 15 year excursion management in the Ruhr district 47
Hartwig Gielisch
Development of geoheritage in Germany 48
Kurt Goth
Special aspects of Geotop protection in quaternary sediments of North Germany 49
Alf Grube
New discovery of Vendian fossils is reason for creation “Mourafa” Geological Park 50
Volodymyr Grytsenko
Fossil-lagerstaetten, type-localities and the handling with fossils in the Geopark Swabian Alb 52
Anton Hegele
Recource and Geological Archives – Carbonat Mining an Paleokarst in Southern Sachsen-Anhalt 54
Matthias Henniger
Landscape aesthetic values on an abandoned mining area in North Hungary 56
Gergely Horváth, Zoltán Karancsi
Geopark of the Uşak-Ulubey Canyon 57
Hülya İnaner & İ. Doğukan Küçükçelen
New geological findings in the Ruhr Carboniferous and its practical application 59
Dierk Juch
The Westerschelde Container Terminal and the preservation of dune formation on the Kaloot, a famous fossil site in the Netherlands 60
Pieter Jungerius, Frank Wesselingh
From Lahn to Hudson river: Lahnmarmor as precious dimension stone and national heritage 61
Thomas Kirnbauer, Susanne P. Schwenzer
A media-box bringing Geopark-knowledge into schools 63
Timo Kluttig, Melanie Schnieders
The trilobite fauna from the Ordvician of the Ebbe Anticline (Rhenish Massiv) 64
Lutz Koch
The Hasselbachtal section – an auxiliary stratotype for the Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary 66
Dieter Korn, Matthias Piecha,Volker Wrede
Geoscience for everbody - initiatives for successful outreach of earth sciences to the general public in Germany 68
Ulrich Lagally

Communicating Earth heritage to all: using cartoons in leaflets, books and panels to attract and inform people of all ages 70
John Macadam, Damir Lacković
Karelia’s natural monuments of palaeontological interest. Exploitation and conservation experience 71
Vladimir Makarikhin
Mülheimer Bodenschätze- about trasures of the Earth 72
Ulrike Marx
GREEN MINES: valuing the contribution of mining to the social, cultural and economic evolution of societies and communities throughout Europe 73
John H. Morris, Enrique Díaz-Martínez, Sarah Gatley, Alyson Tippings
Industrial heritage in the Ruhr 75
Hans-Peter Noll
World Heritage ‘For Sale’ – state supported trade in global palaeonto-logical heritage in Dorset, UK – and its consequences 77
Kevin N. Page
The Geodiversity south-west website – developing an on-line resource for geoconservation in south-west England 78
Kevin Page, Mel Border, Malcolm Hart, Chris Bolton, Craig Dixon, Nick Powe, David Roche, Sam Scriven
Scale issues in geoconservation 79
Paulo Pereira, José Brilha, Diamantino Pereira
How to improve European cooperation for the rehabilitation of mining sites 80
Colin Prosser, Hanneke van den Ancker, Andreas Schüller
Fascination Geology – The most important geosites of Germany 81
Horst Quade, Ernst-Rüdiger Look
Heritage Conservation in Impact Structures: Vredefort World Heritage Area (South Africa) and Ries Geopark (Germany) 83
Wolf Uwe Reimold, Roger L. Gibson
Geological heritage of the Permocarboniferous Saar-Nahe Basin, SW Germany 84
Thomas Schindler
Surveying lost rooms : Digital reconstruction and museal presentation of the underground area of Nightingale Mine, Witten. 85
Olaf Schmidt-Rutsch
The German Geoparks Project 87
Michael Schmidt-Thomé, Heinz-Gerd Röhling, Kurt Goth
Geosites in the surroundings of Hagen – Protection and Marketing Concepts for the Purposes of a gentle Geotourism 90
Antje Selter, Volker Selter
Upper Kurveleshi Highland, a Museum of Albanian Nature 91
Afat Serjani
Geosites – Treasures of the soil for the public 92
Heinz Günter Struwe, Volker Selter
Ice Age Tourism, European landscapes for tourists – progress report ProGEO WG3 Northern Europe 93
Hanneke van den Ancker, Klaas van der Veen, Hartmut Escher, Karin Geyer
Using drawings and art works to communicate landscape structure and history 94
Hanneke van den Ancker, John Vermetten, Nienke Korthof
Paleontological heritage of Russia and problems of its protection 95
M.S. Vdovets, A.V. Lapo
Karst and Caves in Ennepetal - Discoveries and nature conservation in one of the most spectacular cave regions of Germany 97
Stefan Voigt
„There is more than enough of green around” - Protection of habitats and geosite in the Rauen Quarry, Mülheim (Ruhr Area, Germany) 98
Thorald vom Berg, Heiko Vittinghoff
The Messel Pit Fossil Site – a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site 99
Sonja Wedmann, Stephan Schaal
The Ruhr Area National GeoPark – An Introduction 101
Volker Wrede
Geology in School 102
Engelbert Wührl, OStR i.R.
The Aller Valley project: geosite protection, German history and environmental education 104
Henning Zellmer

The international Pleistocene vertebrate deposits in the Roman area- Italy 106
Francesco Angelelli
History of Geoheritage Conservation in Kosovo 107
Fadil Bajraktari, Vahdet Pruthi, Rizah Hajdari, Shehribane Abazi, Nazmi Zogaj
Geosites as lithified truth about environmental development in earth history: facts and indications from geosite-cluster Werdenfels Country (District Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany): rise and fall of its mesozoic carbonate platforms 108
Hubert Engelbrecht
Old church walls – objects of palaeontological conservation? 109
Christoph Hartkopf-Fröder, Hans Martin Weber, Julia Klemeit
The Late Devonian „Kellwasser Event“ mass-extinction horizons in Germany: Restoring the type locality for science and geotourism 111
Friedrich-Wilhelm Luppold, Heinz-Gerd Röhling, Klaus George, Eberhard Schindler, Henning Zellmer
The valley and the village of Boga 112
Kujtim Onuzi, Petrit Imeraj, Artan Lila, Ylber Muceku
Subjectivity and uncertainty in geological heritage quantitative assessment: results from fieldwork using a predefined numerical methodology 114
Paulo Pereira, José Brilha, Diamantino Pereira, Luis Carcavilla, Alireza Amrikazemi, Simon Bajada, José Marden Barreto, Irene Bollati, Natália Braga, Sara Canilho, Ricardo Carvalhido, Pedro Casinhas, Isabel Castro, Ângelo Cumbe, Nelson Dias, Bojan Erhart, Ricardo Fraga Pereira, Krzysztof Gaidzik, Rafaella Guimarães, Luca Ghiraldi, Katarzyna Kozina, Eva Lima, Eugénia Lopes, Catarina Loureiro, Virgínio Mantesso, Simon Martin, Bahram Nekouie-Sadry, Sara Pereira, João Rocha, Hugo Sá Lemos, Manuel Schilling, Mónica Sousa, Ana Marija Tomsa, Madalena Torres, Ewa Welc, Enrico Zanoletti
Bats in the UNESCO World Hertige Site Messel Pit – Ambassadors of a palaeontological site for the Protection of a Geotope and a Biotope 116
Renate Rabenstein
Launching the AG Geodidaktik Internet Platform 118
Stefan Röber, Vera Mügge-Bartolović
The Upper Harz Water Regale 119
Heinz-Gerd Röhling, Justus Teicke, Friedrich-Wilhelm Wellmer
Geotourist activites of PGI-NRI – new challenges. 122
Joanna Rychel, Katarzyna Pochocka-Szwarc, Monika Krzecznyska
Dinosaur track sites from Portugal and its significance as natural heritage 125
Vanda F. Santos, Fernando Barriga, A. M. Galopim de Carvalho, Lia M. Mergulhão, C. Monteiro, Sofia C. Silveira, Maria J. Fernandes, J. M. Alho, R. Coelho
The chalk museum Gummanz near Sargard – Exhibition on geoscientific research and mining history 126
Karsten Schütze
Planning of Geotrails and potential Geoparks in Greece 128
Ir. Theodosiou, P. Paschos, E. Nicolaou, D. Papanikos, Z. Janikian, N. Epitropou, G. Kossiaris, K. Michail, E. Athanassouli, S. Pavlidou, G. Vougioukalakis
Geotope Protection making an Important Contribution to the Conservation of Bats – Sucessful Co-operation between Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut Frankfurt and Lessing-Gymnasium Lampertheim (MINT EC certified school) 130
Gabriele Waldkircher, Renate Rabenstein
Presentation of an upcoming geopark between Germany and the Netherlands 132
Janneette Wolff, Hans de Jong
Field Trips 133
Field trip E1: Lower and Upper Carboniferous rocks in the southern Ruhr Basin 134
Manfred R. Brix
Field trip E2: Regional Geology of the Ruhr district and remains of the historical mining period in the south of Dortmund and Witten (Carboniferous, Cretaceous, Pleistocene) 140
Hartwig Gielisch
Field trip E3: The development of the Pleistocene landscape in the northern part of the Lower Rhine Basin – insights into the past of the Geotop “Eiszeitlandschaft” 145
Skupin, K ., Schollmayer, G., Prüfert, J., Gawlik, A.
E4: Hydrogeology, Mining and Water Supply in the Ruhr Area 154
Frank Wisotzky, Stefan Wohnlich
Field trip E5: Hagen: Geotrail “Kaisberg” and “Werdringen Castle” Museum 161
Ilka Siegwarth
Field trip E6: Cretaceous geosites of the eastern Ruhr Area and the southern Münsterland 168
Martin Hiss, Jörg Mutterlose
Field trip E7: Selected Geosites in the northern Rhenish Mountains 184
M. Piecha, K.-H. Ribbert Field trip
Field trip E8: Soil tour - „Mülheimer Bodenschätze” and „The Rauen Quarry” 197
Ulrike Marx, Corinne Buch, Peter Keil, Udo Scheer
Field trips E9 und E10: From a coal mining area to the European Capital of Culture 203
Two field trips crosstown the Ruhr metropolis
Rainhard de Witt
Field trips E11: Geology and Industrial Heritage in the Ruhr Valley. Nightingale Mine in Witten and Henrichshütte Ironworks Hattingen. 208
Olaf Schmidt- Rutsch
E12: Field trip guide to sites of geological and palaeontological conservation in the Rhineland area, western Germany 212
Christoph Hartkopf-Fröder, Hans Martin Weber, Renate Gerlach
E13: Carboniferous and Coal in the Ruhr Valley 226
Volker Wrede
Field trip E14: Ruhr Museum – Zollverein Coal Mining-Complex – Industrial Nature 237
Ulrike Stottrop, Udo Scheer