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Safeguarding geodiversity

What is geodiversity?

Geodiversity is the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms, sediments and soils, together with the natural processes which form and alter them.

Contorted gneissic banding is clearly visible in the Callanish standing stones, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles Area. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Why is geodiversity important?

Geodiversity delivers important economic, social and environmental benefits.

Spey at Garmouth. İP&A MacDonald/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Pressures on geodiversity

Scotland's geodiversity is irreplaceable and vulnerable to certain activities and changes in land use.

Petershill SSSI. İRachel Wignall/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Libary on tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Protecting our geodiversity

How geodiversity is protected in Scotland from designated sites to the Ecosystem Approach.


Related Links

'Engaging with Geodiversity - why it matters'

'Engaging with Geodiversity - why it matters'

Outputs from the conference held in Edinburgh, 1 December 2010

Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

Under development! Working together to safeguard and raise awareness of geodiversity



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