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Psiloritis Natural Park

Psiioritis Natural Park is located on the Greek Island of Crete, in the southern Aegean Sea. It has an area of 1159 Km2, with 157 settlements and towns and a population of about 42234 inhabitants (population density 36.4 inh/Km2). The park, comprised of the Psiloritis mountains and its northern coastal zone, combines fascinating geology with its unique natural environment (part of the area is participating to the Nature 2000 network), long history, individual customs and the outstanding Cretan civilization. Within the territory of the Geopark, the many foreign universities come for basic scientific research and education. In the Geopark all kind of geological structures are visible from a small to regional scale. Big faults with excellent and imposing fault surfaces, fossil sites, caves, impressive gorges and plateaus that host many native species of the island, unique fold associations and geomorphologic structures have sustained the culture, tradition and customs of the inhabitants for thousands of years. As a member of the network, the Geopark is developing several sub-parks, each one presenting a major whole nappe pile of Crete, and the geological feature of the area. The majority of the rock types of the island Psiloritis Karstic Landscape Park are presented in excellent outcrops deals with high mountain morphology and cross-sections. It is an area of and landscapes including high scientific value where every year plateaus, caves (ie, Idaion Andron cave where Zeus grew up) and cultural sites. Talea Ori Stratigraphic Sequence presents many rock types, weathering structures, folds (such as the Vossakos fold succession) and fossils (such as the Permian corals) through a 200 million year journey to the early geological history of the island. The Basin to Range Park exhibits the transition from high mountains to low lands and from natural environment to human civilization. The SpeleoPark is planned for the Psiloritis mountains as an individual park in which the main aspects of speleology will be properly demonstrated for all kind of activities. Many other geot-opes located within the Geopark are treated as individual sites presenting main features of the geological history of the island.
Recent studies funded from Network common projects aim to establish local info-offices, routes and trails that will join together geotopes, sub-parks and other monuments of the area, as well as a uniform style of labeling and presentation. A new educational project for school children started this year emphasising the role of land-forms (caves, plateaus etc.) to the high endemism of the area. In the Psiloritis area, mythology, tradition and nature meet together in an excellent combination to declare that it is an environment of gods and humans or the nest of the real Cretan spirit.

Contact
Psiloritis Natural Park
Anogia Rethymnou,
74051,
Crete,
GREECE
Tel:+30 28340 31402
E-mail: geopark@psiloritis.net.gr
C. Fassoulas fassoulas@nhmc.uoc.gr
Zacharenia Skoula natpark@psiloritis.eu
http://www.psiloritis-natural-park.gr
http://www.psiloritis.eu