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A Mineralogical Museum as a Geotourism Attraction: A Case Study

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Museo Mineralógico Magner Turner, Portovelo 071150, Ecuador
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Centro de Investigaciones y Proyectos Aplicados a las Ciencias de la Tierra (CIPAT), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Campus Gustavo Galindo Km 30.5 Vía Perimetral, Guayaquil 9015863, Ecuador
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Facultad de Ingeniería en Ciencias de la Tierra, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Campus Gustavo Galindo Km 30.5 Vía Perimetral, Guayaquil 9015863, Ecuador
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Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas, Geo-recursos y Aplicaciones GIGA, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Campus Gustavo Galindo Km 30.5 Vía Perimetral, Guayaquil 9015863, Ecuador
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Independent Consultor, Zaruma 071350, Ecuador
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Departamento de Infraestructura Geocientífica y Servicios, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME, CSIC), 33005 Oviedo, Spain
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Academic Editors: João Pedro Veiga, Mathilda Larsson Coutinho and Elin Figueiredo
Minerals 2021, 11(6), 582; https://doi.org/10.3390/min11060582
Received: 4 May 2021 / Revised: 23 May 2021 / Accepted: 26 May 2021 / Published: 30 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Minerals in Cultural and Geological Heritage)
The Zaruma-Portovelo mining district in Ecuador, and in particular, Portovelo City, is home to the oldest mining museum in the country. This museum, named Museo Mineralógico Magner Turner (MMMT in Spanish), is a centre that reflects, through its collections, the history and culture of this territory. This work aimed to evaluate the MMMT as a possible geosite by analysing its contributions to the geomining heritage of the Zaruma-Portovelo district, and thus, to enhance it and promote its collections as a geotouristic attraction. The work involved three phases: (i) describing the museum and its surroundings; (ii) a semiquantitative evaluation of the museum using the Brilha method and a geosites assessment model (GAM); and (iii) a qualitative evaluation using the Delphi and SWOT methodologies to define strategies and proposals for museum development. The results obtained by the semiquantitative evaluation of the geosite with the Brilha method reflect high scientific (330/400), educational (380/400) and touristic (365/400) appeal. The applied GAM shows the museum as a geosite with high principal and additional value, placing it in the Z33 field of the global valuation matrix. In addition, the semiquantitative and qualitative evaluation made it possible to describe the importance of the museum and its collections in the development of the area. The study carried out qualified the museum as a mining site with an appropriate valuation, an example of ex-situ geological heritage conservation and a basis for geotourism development. View Full-Text
Keywords: mineralogical museum; Portovelo; mining district; geomining heritage; geotourism mineralogical museum; Portovelo; mining district; geomining heritage; geotourism
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Turner-Carrión, M.; Carrión-Mero, P.; Turner-Salamea, I.; Morante-Carballo, F.; Aguilar-Aguilar, M.; Zambrano-Ruiz, K.; Berrezueta, E. A Mineralogical Museum as a Geotourism Attraction: A Case Study. Minerals 2021, 11, 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/min11060582

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Turner-Carrión M, Carrión-Mero P, Turner-Salamea I, Morante-Carballo F, Aguilar-Aguilar M, Zambrano-Ruiz K, Berrezueta E. A Mineralogical Museum as a Geotourism Attraction: A Case Study. Minerals. 2021; 11(6):582. https://doi.org/10.3390/min11060582

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Turner-Carrión, Magner, Paúl Carrión-Mero, Israel Turner-Salamea, Fernando Morante-Carballo, Maribel Aguilar-Aguilar, Kerly Zambrano-Ruiz, and Edgar Berrezueta. 2021. "A Mineralogical Museum as a Geotourism Attraction: A Case Study" Minerals 11, no. 6: 582. https://doi.org/10.3390/min11060582

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