We are busy developing the Drifting Apart transnational visitor trail which explores and highlights local geology and makes links to the wider geological story in the wider project area, which spans from eastern Canada to western Russia and includes four countries in between.
Each partner has been developing on site interpretation to recognize and explain both the local and global geology. Some works have been completed and local communities and visitors are already discovering the geo-hertiage, both physical and cultural.
Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, St. John, Newbrunswick, Canada
Magma UNESCO Global Geopark, Norway
Demonstrating how geology impacts local communities and culture is the new Gursli Mine walking trail and signage. The area was once home to a renowned mining industry with specialist travelling from neighboring Finland to work here. A community developed around the industry and houses and roads were built. When the mining industry declined the residents moved to local villages or onto other work. Buildings were left to ruin and soon nature took over.
Magma UNESCO Global Geopark worked with local residents and government agencies to source images and information about the mines and developed a walking trail with information panels. Each panel is located close to where the image was taken so the reader than get a sense to what once existed.