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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 7049-7085; doi:10.3390/su7067049

Assessment and Management of the Geomorphological Heritage of Monte Pindo (NW Spain): A Landscape as a Symbol of Identity

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Department of Geography, Faculty of Geography and History, University of Santiago de Compostela, Praza da Universidade, 1, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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María Isabel Caetano Alves, Institute of Earth Sciences-ICT/UM/CCT, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Maria Helena Henriques
Received: 13 March 2015 / Revised: 4 May 2015 / Accepted: 21 May 2015 / Published: 2 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Management of Geomorphological Heritage)
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Abstract

This study focuses on the granite mountain known as Monte Pindo (627 m above sea level) in the Autonomous Community of Galicia (NW Spain). This territory is included in the area classified as “Costa da Morte” in the “Politica de Ordenación Litoral” (POL) (Coastal Planning Policy) for the region of Galicia. This coastal unit, located between “Rías Baixas” and “Cape Fisterra” has great potential for demonstrating geological processes and its geomorphological heritage is characterized by a high degree of geodiversity of granite landforms. The main objective of our work is to assess the geomorphological heritage of the site, thus revealing its wide geodiversity. We shall analyze and highlight: its scientific value, developing an inventory of granite landforms; its educational valuel and its geotouristic potential. It must be ensured that the Administration understands that natural diversity is composed of both geodiversity and biodiversity. Only then will the sustainable management of Monte Pindo become possible by integrating natural and cultural heritage values. The goal is to ensure that Monte Pindo and its immediate surroundings become a geopark with the aim of promoting local development projects based on the conservation and valorization of its geological heritage. View Full-Text
Keywords: geomorphological heritage; geodiversity; sustainable management; geomorphosites; landscape; Monte Pindo; geopark; Galicia-NW Spain geomorphological heritage; geodiversity; sustainable management; geomorphosites; landscape; Monte Pindo; geopark; Galicia-NW Spain
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Costa-Casais, M.; Alves, M.I.C.; Blanco-Chao, R. Assessment and Management of the Geomorphological Heritage of Monte Pindo (NW Spain): A Landscape as a Symbol of Identity. Sustainability 2015, 7, 7049-7085.

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