Geotraveller 19 – Gorongosa, Mozambique

Gorongosa, Mozambique: unique biodiversity in rift-related wetlands and inselbergs. The Gorongosa area of Sofala Province, Mozambique, is dominated by a rifted terrain which includes part of the Pungwe River basin. Extensive wetlands occur within a graben exploited by the Urema River, a subordinant drainage system which includes a large lake. …

Geotraveller 18 – Lake District, UK

The English Lake District: a caledonide inlier and historical mining. The Lake District, part of Cumbria, processed by Philip Eales of Planetary Visions. The mountainous area (centre) is mostly underlain by the Borrowdale volcanics. Unconformity on upper contact of latter shown by dashed line. Solway Firth demarcates suture separating the …

Geotraveller 17 – Ngorongoro

The Gregory Rift and Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania: fault escarpments, alkaline lakes and volcanism. 150-km wide image of part of Northern Tanzania. Landsat 7 for the year 2000 sourced from the University of Maryland Global Land Cover Facility (UMD-GLCF) processed by Philip Eales of Planetary Visions. Margins of the rift, as …

Geotraveller 16 – Cappadocia, Turkey

The Cappadocia World Heritage Site, Turkey: active erosion of volcanic landscapes and ancient civilizations. The Cappadocia area of central Turkey is a land of vast plains with rolling hills and rugged volcanic peaks, the highest of which is the snow-capped Mount Erciyes (3916 m). The area is covered by flat-lying …

Geotraveller 15 – Badlands, USA

The Badlands National Park, South Dakota- eroded landscapes and the Golden Age of mammals. The remarkable geological features of South Dakota include classic erosion of the Great Plains, the dominant feature of the central part of North America. Some of these areas are preserved in national and state parks, in …

Geotraveller 14 – Reunion Island

Volcanology of Réunion Island: an active oceanic hotspot Landsat 7 ETM+ image of Réunion Island (19 June 2000) processed by Philip Eales of Planetary Visions. The capital town of Saint-Denis is located on the northern coastal plain beneath the densely vegetated slopes of the dormant volcano Piton des Neiges. The …

Geotraveller 13 – Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania

Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania: World famous paleoanthropological site. Oldupai Gorge in northern Tanzania has yielded some of the most remarkable paleoanthropological discoveries ever made. Homo habilis (1.9 – 1.6 My), Paranthropus boisei (1.8 – 1.2 My) and Homo erectus (1.2 My – 700,000 BP) have all been unearthed here. Fossil evidence …

Geotraveller 12 – Cornwall, UK

The Penwith and lizard Peninsulas, Cornwall: spectacular Coastal Scenery, Mineralized Granites and an Ophiolite Complex. The two peninsulas that make up the extremities of the south-westerly county of Cornwall, England, reveal some remarkable geological features. The dramatic coastline of the Penwith Peninsula, which includes the well known tourist locality of …

Geotraveller 11 – Santorini, Greece

An active volcananic centre and ancient civilizations. The group of islands popularly known as Santorini is part of the southern Cyclades Islands, which are located between mainland Greece and Crete in the Aegean Sea. The most prominent feature of Santorini is a centrally-located submerged caldera. View document

Geotraveller 10 – The Garden Route, South Africa

An area of spectacular scenery and active geology. The “Garden Route”, one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations, is situated between Storms River and Mossel Bay, on the southern Cape coast. Three principal components can be identified, a coastline, an interior coastal plateau, part of an ancient wavecut platform, and …