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Losing Geodiversity

By December 2, 2011

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Long-time readers know that geoheritage is one of my pet subjects. So when David Bressan (History of Geology blog) came to Twitter with a link and the comment, "Not only Biodiversity, earth is also losing Geodiversity tinyurl.com/bnxalql," I clicked. The link goes to a newspaper's slide show from Hyderabad, India, where the striking boulder-piled landscape around the city is swiftly being quarried out of existence for cheap construction stone. Sure, the captions are a bit hokey ("The last of the unique Deccan Plateau rock formations watch helplessly as towers come up near Nanakramguda"), but those of us who love landscape really do feel that way. OK, please visit the slide show.

No less than in a national park, the landscape is an essential part of a city's character. Think of the hills of San Francisco, or of Rome. I believe that a city that loses its geology loses its soul. Now if you've seen the slide show, go back and look at the date on the page, then think about what has been lost.

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