Investigation and knowledge
Scientific research in the Granada Geopark dates back to the first half of the 18th century. The first gological monograph on the territory was written by Leo Sieger (1905) and his title was “The Guadix-Baza basin”. But it was from the 70s of the last century when research was intensified in the territory due to the discovery of some paleontological marcovertebrates fossil sites that cover the entire lower Pleistocene. The oldest human fossil remains of Western Europe appeared in these sites. Besides this geological facets, stratigraphy and sedimentology are intensely treated, although in the last decade there are many researchers and scientific publications working on the geomorphology and tectonics of the territory.
The different characteristics and singularities related to the Quaternary (powerful successions of endorheic continental sediments, active faults, active folds, paleontological deposits of macrovertebrates, …) have led the Granada Geopark’s area to arouse great interest among the international scientific community.
The territory of the Granada Geopark is an area of great interest for geology research and an exceptional laboratory for some specific fields of current affais within Earth Sciences related to the evolution of the climate during the geological period in which we live: the Quaternary.
One of the Granada Geopark’s commitments is to transfer the knowledge obtained from investigation to the knowledge and wellbeing of the population in order to raise awareness in the protection of this natural legacy.