CHEONGSONG, South Korea, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The UNESCO Global Geoparks Network has recommended that Cheongsong National Geopark in South Korea’s southeastern region be registered on its geoparks list, the Cheongsong municipality said Friday.
The recommendation to the municipal government in the country’s southeast province of North Gyeongsang raises the prospects that the mountainous rural area with a size of 845.71 square kilometers will be added to the list.
The Cheongsong area will officially be added to the list at an international meeting organized by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network in April. A geopark is an area with geological heritage of international significance and is designated by the body under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The geological features of the Cheongsong National Geopark mainly consist of Precambrian metamorphic rocks, Mesozoic sedimentary rocks and volcanic rocks, Cenozoic acidic intrusive rocks and recent sediments, geology experts said,
The Cheongsong area, if included on the list, will become South Korea’s second geopark following the country’s largest island of Jeju that gained geopark status in 2010.
The UNESCO body has given certifications to 120 geoparks worldwide.