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Fforest Fawr Geopark

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Geological location
Location type: Geological location
Location address: United Kingdom, Powys
Number of texts: 2
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Fforest Fawr Geopark was the first Geopark to be designated in Wales having gained membership of both the European Geoparks Network and the UNESCO-assisted Global Network of National Geoparks in October 2005. The Geopark aims to promote and support sustainable tourism and other opportunities to improve the economy of the area whilst safeguarding the natural environment. Its aims largely coincide with the statutory duties and purpose of the National Park within which it sits.

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The   geological   history of the Fforest Fawr Geopark spans   a   period   of   480   million   years.  From Ordovician   to Carboniferous times the area was located on a stable Midland Platform and sedimentation was influenced   by   changes   in   sea   level   in   response   to the   latest   Ordovician,  early   Silurian   and Carboniferous ice ages. Tectonic events involving uplift in the late Silurian, Middle Devonian and late Carboniferous resulted in significant breaks in the geological record,  known as unconformities, between the Late and Early Devonian Epochs and the Carboniferous and Quaternary Periods.  The onset of late Silurian continental conditions was followed by the deposition of the Devonian Old Red Sandstone and the greening of the land by primitive land plants.  During Carboniferous times,  the area was covered by shallow tropical seas and equatorial forests associated with the formation of limestone and coal.  Following a break in the geological record of approximately 305 million years, the landscape was sculpted by ice and rivers during the last 26,000 years.

Linked themes: Geology, World heritage, Nature parks, Nature
Linked groups: UNESCO Global Geoparks

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