What is Geodiversity?

Scotland’s geodiversity is the variety of rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms, sediments and soils, together with the natural processes which form and alter them. It is the link between biodiversity, landscape, people and their culture.

Geodiversity is important because it is the foundation upon which plants, animals and people live, a source of basic raw materials, and a vital component of our cultural and built heritage. It is a unique teaching and scientific resource, fundamental to our understanding of issues such as climate change and sea level rise.

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