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Why Conserve Rocks? What is Geoconservation?

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University Centre Shrewsbury

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Frankwell Quay

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Have you ever thought that rocks need conserving and looking after? If not, this is the lecture for you. Come and see why rocks, and indeed all geodiversity, is so important to us. Geoconservation is the newest of the conservation sciences and falls way beneath the public consciousness of biological, historical or archaeological conservation. Professor Cynthia Burek will explain and discuss why this is.

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Cynthia is the only Professor of Geoconservation in the world and has published extensively on this topic. She is a Professor at the University of Chester and teaches on the conservation and forensic modules. She is also Director of the UNESCO GeoMon Anglesey Geopark and serves on the English Geodiversity Forum.

Prof Burek takes an active role in raising public awareness of geoconservation, having appeared on several TV programmes including BBC Coast and being interviewed on the radio both in the UK and in New Zealand. She has recently completed a Heritage Lottery Fund project on Saltscape, the salt area of Cheshire underlying the Northwich to Nantwich area, has been instrumental in designating for conservation purposes nine further sites in the area as well as producing town and graveyard geodiversity trails. She also actively protects rock habitats such as limestone pavements and has several PhD students engaged on conservation issues. She is also an expert on women in science.

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