Modern methods of studying and classifying the geological component of natural heritage sites theory and practice

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Modern methods of studying and classifying the geological component of natural heritage sites theory and practice

Students, postgraduate students and young scientists by specialities "Geology", "Paleontology and stratigraphy", "Lithology", "Geography", “Landscape Ecology”, “Engineering Geography”, “Recreational Geography”, “Recreational Nature Management” are invited to participate.

We are offercing to our participants a course of lections, master classes, laboratory lessons, field trips devoted to different areas of geology and geography: Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Historical Geology, Lithology, Protected Area Management, Geotourism.

In practical classes students will be able to diagnose their own the Paleozoic invertebrates and Ichnofossils (Trace fossils) of Baltoscandia (the Northwestern Europe). They will be also able to determine main types of facies of the Paleozoic and Quaternary sediments of this region.

At the master classes, students will be able to get acquainted with the methodology for identifying natural heritage sites, a mechanism for preparing a documentation package and an application filing algorithm for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Participants will be able to visit the main Complex Natural monuments of Leningrad and Novgorod region: "Canyon of the rivers Sablinka and Tosna with sample outcrops of the Lower Paleozoic sediments", "Radon lakes and area of the formation of modern travertines", Ilmen' Klint, Valdaysky National Park etc.

As a result of the course students will expand their knowledge of geology and geography of a large part of northwestern Europe, the identification of natural heritage sites and their protection.

Target group
Undergraduate / Graduate / Postgraduate
Quantity of participants
From 10 to 20
B2 English level / Basic knowledge of the specifics
13 days
Summer School Programme
Cultural Programme
Residence hall and Visit Center of Valdaysky National Park
300 €
Main subjects
  • Typology of natural heritage sites
  • Criteria for UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites
  • Fundamentals of stratigraphy and applied stratigraphy
  • The Paleozoic sediments of the Northwestern Europe
  • Geomorphology of the Northwestern Europe
  • Historical geology of the Northwestern Europe
  • The Quaternary geology of the Northwestern Europe
  • Regional geology of the Northwestern Europe
  • Natural stone in the architecture of St.Petersburg and V. Novgorod
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