• Ekaterina E. Plyusnina Geology Program, Institute of Earth Sciences, Southern Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia
  • Dmitry A. Ruban Department of Tourism, Higher School of Business, Southern Federal University, Rostov-naDonu, Russia
  • Pavel P. Zayats Camp for Practice and Educational Tourism 'Belaja Retchka', Southern Federal University, Nikel' (Dakhovskaja Post Office), Majkop District, Republic of Adygeja, Russia



geological heritage; tourism; geological history; Phanerozoic; Western Caucasus


The geodiversity hotspot comprising 14 geological heritage sites is located on the territory of Mountainous Adygeja in the Western Caucasus (southwestern Russia). The geosites represent some lengthy intervals of the geological history from the Precambrian to the Quaternary, as well as changes in the palaeotectonical affinity of the Greater Caucasus. Visitors of this territory can observe rocks, fossils, and facies, which are typical for the geological periods, especially the Permian, the Triassic, and Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. The same geosites permit to trace shift of the Greater Caucasus Terrane from the Gondwanan margin, where it was before the Devonian, to Laurussia and then Laurasia. Therefore, the geosites can be grouped thematically to facilitate arrangement of geoconservation and geotourism activities. This approach permits to increase the scientific and educational values of the geological heritage in Mountainous Adygeja and to make it more attractive for geotourists. However, such a thematic treatment of the regional geological heritage should not lead to underestimation of the other geological features.

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How to Cite

E. Plyusnina, E., A. Ruban, D., & P. Zayats, P. (2015). THEMATIC DIMENSION OF GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE: AN EVIDENCE FROM THE WESTERN CAUCASUS. Journal of the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” SASA, 65(1), 59–76.