European Geopark Exhibitions
Geoparks often exchange exhibitions on geological heritage.
In the course of 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest prepared an exhibition harmoniously blending palaeontology, history and mythology. This exhibition was based on three trees emblematic of the pan-Hellenic Games of ancient times: pine, olive and laurel. The three species were displayed in their historic context, illustrated by remarkably well-preserved palaeontological specimens.
This principle aroused a strong interest on the part of the Geological Reserve of Haute Provence, which has always been interested in the relationship between science and culture.
In turn, the Geological Reserve of Haute Provence has displayed and enhanced dinosaur remains discovered on the edge of its territory (life-size reconstruction of the animal, reconstruction of the site, fossils, etc).
The appeal of dinosaurs for the general public explains the Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark ’s strong interest in presenting this exhibition in a region where there are no such fossils. The Geological Reserve of Haute Provence extended the theme of the exhibition to reinforce its appeal in Greece by broadening the presentation of the geological period concerned.
The Nature Park Styrian Eisenwurzen (Austria – 2009)