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Morocco sauropod tracksite as geotourism destination



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A recent online paper:



Amal Enniouar, Abdelouahed Lagnaoui & Adnane Habib (2013)
A Middle Jurassic sauropod tracksite in the Argana Basin, Western High
Atlas, Morocco: an example of paleoichnological heritage for
sustainable geotourism.
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2013.09.003
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016787813000813




A Middle Jurassic site at Tafaytour area (Argana Basin, Morocco) with
trackways of six large sauropod dinosaurs is regarded as having high
scientific and touristic value. The new dinosaur track site is
extremely vulnerable, and suffers from continuous degradation caused
by weathering and human activity. Documentation and protection of this
tracksite is still a necessity for its integration into local
geotourism activities, where it may have a socio-economic impact on
the local population. Taking into consideration many similar
tracksites, and strata of great paleontological interest in Morocco,
including the Tafaytour tracksite, the implementation of legislation
for the protection of Morocco's geological heritage, especially the
paleoichnological heritage, to protect against destruction, is
strongly recommended. This is necessary to cement geoheritage impact,
both for scientific reasons and to value add to the socio-economic
activities of the local people.