Iconic buildings, both modern and old, are a defining characteristic of world cities. The stones cladding these buildings are major architectural elements, but the geological story behind these stones is mostly forgotten or overlooked. New geotourism products address this shortcoming: pamphlets, booklets, virtual tours and mobile applications that link historical and heritage information to the geology behind building stones or sites within an urban landscape. Examples from Australia, Europe and North America are presented. They provide an additional resource to traditional tourism and a tool for the urban tourist who wishes to hear the silent stories these rocks have to tell.
Angela Riganti and Jean F. Johnston
Jean F. Johnston and Martin J. Van Kranendonk
The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has published a field guide to six geological drive trails radiating from Marble Bar. The book is called Discovery Trails to Early Earth – a Traveller’s Guide to the East Pilbara of Western Australia. The guide has been a success and has been reprinted. Its achievement has shown there is an appetite for geological stories written in a simple, stylish and informative way accompanied by colourful graphics and images. We tease out some of the threads that combine to make a popular geotourism product.