Geological mapping as a tool for the management of geoheritage and geotourism: case study of the Comarca Minera, Hidalgo UNESCO Global Geopark

  • Carles Canet Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Juan Carlos Mora-Chaparro Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Arturo Iglesias Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Miguel A. Cruz-Pérez Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Erika Salgado-Martínez Coordinación de Vinculación Institucional, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • David Zamudio-Ángeles Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Elisa Fitz-Díaz Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Raymundo G. Martínez-Serrano Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Alondra Gil-Ríos Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Del. Coyoacán, 04510, Ciudad de México
  • Joan Poch Departament de Geologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193, Barcelona, España

Abstract

The Comarca Minera, Hidalgo UNESCO Global Geopark (Mexico) was formally designated on May 2017; this label is justified by an outstanding geoheritage that includes: (a) the Pachuca‒Real del Monte world class epithermal deposits (Ag‒Au); (b) the type locality for two minerals: tridymite and cristobalite; (c) the Huasca de Ocampo columnar basalts, first described by Alexander von Humboldt in 1803; and (d) a broad mining heritage that includes remains of pre-Columbian obsidian industry and New Spain mining haciendas (i.e. colonial metallurgy plants). This geopark encompasses a network of 31 geosites, whose general purpose is the educational and touristic use of geoheritage. The geotouristic map of the recently declared geopark, here presented, was conceived as an educational resource, as well as a tool for the touristic development and for the categorization, study and protection of geodiversity.

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Published
2017-10-02
Section
Articles with maps