Complex geosites represent important georesources as components of the geoheritage of a region. Regardless, their management in terms of promotion and geoconservation may be challenging. Among others, gravity-related landforms can be considered complex geomorphological features and are often neglected in the geosite inventories, even if their dynamic and related educational exemplarity, multiscalarity and aesthetic value are relevant and make them potentially complex geosites. The aim of this research is to discuss the possible approaches to a potential complex geosite in the Western Italian Alps. The area is characterised by an articulated and geodiverse set of landforms that concur to define a multifaceted geological and geomorphological setting due to the presence of one of the most significant gravity-related geofeatures of the Italian Alps: the Pointe Leysser deep-seated gravitational slope deformation. The entire context, as well as each single geological/geomorphological feature, will be presented and described enhancing and quantifying their geoheritage values (i.e. scientific value, additional value, the potential for use). Finally, proposals for virtual or field approaches will be discussed, considering the limitations and advantages of dealing with a complex geosite. The suggested strategies assume an important role with respect to both the promotion and geoconservation of complex geosites.

How Can a Complex Geosite Be Enhanced? A Landscape-Scale Approach to the Deep-Seated Gravitational Slope Deformation of Pointe Leysser (Aosta Valley, NW Italy) / M. Gabriella Forno, F. Gianotti, M. Gattiglio, M. Pelfini, G. Sartori, I.M. Bollati. - In: GEOHERITAGE. - ISSN 1867-2477. - 14:3(2022), pp. 100.1-100.33. [10.1007/s12371-022-00730-8]

How Can a Complex Geosite Be Enhanced? A Landscape-Scale Approach to the Deep-Seated Gravitational Slope Deformation of Pointe Leysser (Aosta Valley, NW Italy)

M. Pelfini;I.M. Bollati
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2022

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Complex geosites represent important georesources as components of the geoheritage of a region. Regardless, their management in terms of promotion and geoconservation may be challenging. Among others, gravity-related landforms can be considered complex geomorphological features and are often neglected in the geosite inventories, even if their dynamic and related educational exemplarity, multiscalarity and aesthetic value are relevant and make them potentially complex geosites. The aim of this research is to discuss the possible approaches to a potential complex geosite in the Western Italian Alps. The area is characterised by an articulated and geodiverse set of landforms that concur to define a multifaceted geological and geomorphological setting due to the presence of one of the most significant gravity-related geofeatures of the Italian Alps: the Pointe Leysser deep-seated gravitational slope deformation. The entire context, as well as each single geological/geomorphological feature, will be presented and described enhancing and quantifying their geoheritage values (i.e. scientific value, additional value, the potential for use). Finally, proposals for virtual or field approaches will be discussed, considering the limitations and advantages of dealing with a complex geosite. The suggested strategies assume an important role with respect to both the promotion and geoconservation of complex geosites.
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