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Developing the Siljan Ring
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The Siljansrigen is a group of geological heritage sites with an aesthetic appeal which are connected altogether to create a geopark (Europeangeoparks.org, 2014). While demonstrating the heritage of international significance, the purpose of a geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between the geological heritage and all other aspects of the area's natural, cultural and intangible heritages (UNESCO, 2014). The connecting five sites are located in the municipal areas of Leksand, Mora, Orsa and Rättvik which have their own unique interpretation linking the geopark to its cultural heritage (Arnesson, 2014). The development of the interpretative center narrates of how the meteor struck the earth approximately 377 million years ago. The impact was so severe it forced the sedimentary rocks into vertical angles creating a beautiful natural and cultural landscape (Arnesson, 2014). In order to develop the product, measures have taken to produce a comprehensive experience that does not just involve a random geological feature at a place, but to tell a story about the geological formation due to the meteor impact. It is widely acknowledged that interpretative facilities play an important role within geotourism by learning and expanding a tourist’s aesthetic appreciation of a site to an understanding of its geology (Brozinski, 2010; Dowling and Newsome, 2006).
Underpinning challenges and possible mitigations
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By: Wilhelmina Asino
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