Evaluating of Kerman Province’s geomorphosites by using prolong

Document Type: Short communications


1 Faculty of Natural Resources, Jiroft University, Jiroft, Iran

2 Department of Range and Watershed Management, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Jiroft, Jiroft, Kerman, Iran


Geomorphosites or special geomorphologic sites are new concepts which have entered tourism literature with an
emphasis on special sites. Basically, the goal for discussing such concepts is to identify landforms with special
importance on understanding the geomorphologic structure of a region and their scientific, ecological, cultural,
aesthetic, and economical values. Generally, they are used for comprehending and exploiting human tourism. The
tourism industry is, however, multidimensional and has economic, social, cultural and environmental (ecotourism,
geotourism) aspects. As a green and clean industry, ecotourism plays a major role on national tourism development
planning in Iran as well as attracting nature’s tourists which is a fundamental necessity forthis industry. Due to high
natural tourism capacities such as caves and diapirism, unique geological and geomorphological attractions along
with social and historical attractions, Kerman province is among the five historical and superior provinces for
tourism. This studyattempts to evaluate the geomorphosites of Kerman Province through Prolong approach and field
studies. Quadruple alloys studied in terms of their potential ability of geomorphosites in this research include
external, scientific, historical, cultural, social and economical beauty alloys. Two variables, exploitation value and
quality were taken into consideration. According to the results, Loot field desert geosite had the highest score. As
regards the values for exploitation level and quality, Meymand village obtained the highest score requiring greater
attention from the authorities.


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