As of this writing, there are two distinct definitions of geotourism, both originating from the prefix geo, which refers to earth. The two views of geotourism stem from geography and geology:

  • From geography (commonly agreed as the field of science dedicated to the study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth), geotourism is the focus on sustaining all aspects of a travel destination to include the culture, aesthetics, heritage, and well-being of the residents. It does not solely concentrate on the environment, but most geotourism areas have an environmental component.
  • From geology (commonly agreed as an earth science including the study of Earth, the rocks that compose the earth, and the processes by which change occurs), geotourism is the appreciation of ...
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