Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 13: Geotourism—a focus on the urban environment

Angela Riganti and Jean F. Johnston


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.

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