With great excitement this post from Dr. Chris Lee
I went to a Geological Society South Africa meeting the last week, the GeoHeritage and Education meeting, as part of the International Geoscience Education Conference.
"The importance of relating the story of South Africa's unique geological heritage has been recognised by the Geological Society of SA, the Council for Geoscience and others ... Various programmes are in place to document and showcase the geological superlatives of the country and a number of publications on this subject have been produced or are planned", this quote is from an introductory address to the meeting.
Among the several topics was the proposal that national "Iconic Landscapes" be considered. "The landscapes proposed are based on their distinctive or unique geological character and then on important associated natural, cultural and historical features and tourism value". Several critiria are listed that would define an "Iconic Landscape". Some 20 landscapes have been listed, one of which is the "Great Karoo Landscape".
I introduced die oervlakte book to several of the more influential attendees at the meeting, and it was greeted with good interest. Clearly this book will go a long way towards defining the "Little Karoo Landscape", and meets the criteria for an Iconic Landscape.
I have proposed to the Geological Society that the next GeoHeritage meeting be held in the area.