Geotope of the Year: Geopark calls for nominations

The Riesenstein near Naumburg-Heimarshausen and the Dohlenfelsen near Frankenberg, but also the Hollenkammer near Volkmarsen: they have all already received the honour of being named Geotope of the Year. Based on suggestions from geologically interested laypeople who wander through the GrenzWelten National Geopark with open eyes, an expert jury has been selecting a geotope for the award every year since 2017. Proposals can be submitted again in 2023 - the Geopark project office is accepting them until 1 March and is looking forward to a lively participation.

Earth-historical formations of inanimate nature that provide insights into the development of the earth and life - this is the definition of geotopes. Examples are outcrops of rocks or soils as well as special natural creations such as karst caves or rock formations. Geotopes also have a special geological significance, are rather rare or admirably beautiful, in other words worthy of preservation as a geotope. They are just as valuable for science and research as they are for teaching nature and local history.

Individuals, citizens' groups or associations wishing to submit a proposal for the Geotope of the Year 2023 must include a short description of the formation and justify why this particular geotope should be honoured, i.e. what makes it stand out from the others. The Geopark jury will select the winner(s), who will then be presented to the public in late spring. The GrenzWelten Geopark accepts suggestions at Auf Lülingskreuz 60, 34497 Korbach, by telephone on 05631 954-512 or by e-mail at Further information about the Geopark is also available there. Further information on the Geotope of the Year or the Geopark in general is also available there.


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