But what is a geopark? It's an entity listed by UNESCO that encompasses a noteworthy geological feature along with the peoples and cultures centered on it. Have a look at the 35 geoparks of Europe. For example, the Reserve Géologique de Haute-Provence calls itself Europe's largest open-air geological museum. The townspeople bake ammonite-shaped pastries and organize tourism and festivals around their fossil heritage.
A brand-new podcast has just gone up from the UK's National Environment Research Council, "Protecting Geological Heritage," that will give you a lively introduction to geoparks from the country that more than any other pioneered the concept.
America's closest thing to a geopark is the recently named Ice Age Floods National Geological Trail, which will be a loose network of roadside exhibits, interpretive centers and cultural activities organized in the enormous region marked by the Missoula Floods in the late Pleistocene, stretching from Montana to the Pacific. But there are lots of other good candidatesall we need is a program.