The Landscape Attractiveness of Abandoned Quarries
Elżbieta Baczyńska , Marek Lorenc , Urszula Kaźmierczak
AbstractThis study is a trial for presenting high attractiveness of shape form in abandoned quarry areas, as well as for indicating social interest in the areas in terms of their attractiveness. For this reason, a procedure of evaluation of the landscape attractiveness of abandoned quarries is suggested, which was created by assigning additional partial criteria, and their comparison with the criteria of already existing methods. Methods used for the research are as follows: the semantic differential technique (also called Osgood’s method), the entropy method, and the method of point bonitation. In order to verify the procedure suggested, 10 objects (quarries) located in the area of the Ślęża Landscape Park with its buffer zone were studied. Then, comparative studies were conducted, this time with quarries from Great Britain and Austria, also subject to some forms of environmental protection. The results of the research suggest that the main indicator of a quarries’ attractiveness is their uniqueness, aesthetic appeal, interest, and the curiosity they raise, which allows the formation of four classification groups for attractiveness: very attractive, attractive, slightly attractive, and unattractive quarries. The research conducted also indicates that highly attractive quarries may gain a larger number of tourists and the development of hiking, cycling, horse riding, and, in some cases, also qualified tourism (rock climbing or diving) through creating additional side attractions. Additionally, due to their uniqueness and form differentiation, abandoned quarries may be used for common social education, being a didactic place in programmes of touristic trips, science lessons, and ecological education.
|Journal series||Geoheritage, ISSN 1867-2477, (A 25 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.7|
|Conference||8th International ProGEO Symposium - Geoconservation Strategies in a Changing World, 08-09-2015 - 12-09-2015, Rejkiawik, Islandia|
|Keywords in English||Quarries, Landscape, Rockmining, Post-mining areas, Geotourism|
|ASJC Classification||; ;|
|Internal identifier||64117; PX-5b235bdcd5de79ce9d02115d|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; after publication|
|Score||= 25.0, 15-06-2020, ArticleFromConference|
|Publication indicators||= 9; = 13; : 2018 = 1.802; : 2018 = 2.597 (2) - 2018=2.224 (5)|
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