Geosites of Australia
preparing an inventory and framework for the Global Inventory of the IUGS
E. B. JOYCE
School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne VIC 3010 Australia
A new inventory of geological and geomorphological sites is proposed for the continent of Australia. It will cover key sites and terrains on the Australian mainland, Tasmania, and Australian territories and islands. The inventory will be based on earlier listings by Cochrane & Joyce (1986), a short list prepared for GILGES & UNESCO by Joyce (1991), a revised GILGES list published in Cowie (1992), discussions in Joyce (1994a, 1994b, and 1995b), the Australian Heritage Commission's Register of the National Estate, and most recently an independent review for the Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) by Yeates (2001a & b) of earlier work.
Interested parties will be consulted to help define framework elements for Australian Geosites, and then select possible Geosites. The Geological Society of Australia will have a major involvement, and also the Australian Heritage Commission, as many geological sites are already listed on the Australian Heritage Commission's Register of the National Estate. Other groups to be consulted include the national government's geological survey, state government geological surveys and departments of environment and conservation, including the active forestry groups in Tasmania, and the national government's World Heritage section. This procedure will lead to the final selection and listing of Geosites for Australia.
Keywords: Geosites; inventory; framework; consultation, Australia.
A preliminary paper was presented at the ProGEO meeting held in Braga, Portugal in 2005.
The final paper is now in press.
This web page provides below further details about Geosites of Australia
A draft paper on Geosites of Australia
A list of GSA Heritage Committee and Subcomittee reports on Geosites of Australia
Recent papers on Geosites in Australia by E. B. Joyce
Joyce, E. B. 2006. Geological heritage of Australia: selecting the best for Geosites and World Heritage, and telling the story for geotourism and Geoparks, AESC 2006 Extended Abstract, 3pp.
Joyce, Bernie. 2007. Geotourism, Geosites and Geoparks: working together in Australia, Special Report, The Australian Geologist, Newsletter No. 144, September 2007, pp.26-29.
Joyce, Bernard, & Bröhl, Mirjam, 2008. Geological and geomorphological features of Australia: how our geosites can be used in geoparks and geotourism to promote better understanding of our geological heritage and as a tool for public education. Inaugural Global Geotourism Conference, ‘Discover The Earth Beneath Our Feet,’ Fremantle, Western Australia, 17-20 August 2008. pp.209-214.
Joyce, E. & McKnight, J. 2009. Volcanic Geomorphosites, Geoparks and Geotourism – the Australian experience, Abstract, 7th International Conference on Geomorphology (ANZIAG), Melbourne, Australia. 6-11 July 2009.
Revised 14th August 2009
Further revised 30 December 2009