Remoteness and extreme weather, coupled with increasing environmental concerns, mean that only about 200 visitors reach the Ross Sea each year - but once there they are rewarded with spectacular views and Neogene to present-day volcanoes.
Olivier Galland, University of Oslo, and Caroline Sassier
Southern Chile is the setting for the dramatic snow-covered volcanoes of the Pacific Ring of Fire. This stunning volcanic range is the surface expression of the subduction of the Pacific seafloor under the western margin of South America. The southern Chilean Andes offer a fantastic playground for those who want to experience volcanoes - either peacefully or loaded with adrenaline!
Breathtaking views, surreal landscapes, and the chance to come face to face with an active volcano, the Island of Hawai‘i offers the geotourist encounters of a lifetime, and scientists a window into a volcano’s inner workings.
The fault blocks of the Kutch Basin in western India offer to the visitor a unique opportunity to observe the Jurassic-Cretaceous-Paleogene sediments rarely outcropping anywhere else on the Western Indian continental margin. A visit to Kutch also gives an opportunity to view and enjoy the rich cultural traditions and handicrafts of western India.
To most people, the Canary Islands is a place to go on a charter or low-fare plane where you can sunbathe for hours on beaches with white sand imported from the Sahara. But
the Canaries have another face, with many natural features of interest to scientists, both above and below ground.
Miguel Ángel Caja's spectacular header photo, which shows the 25 km-long row of craters of Lakagigar, in southern Iceland, reveals a unique geological site and dramatic landscape. It also tells a story of catastrophe and climate change which still resonates today.
The Forest of Dean is an ancient royal forest, and is now a popular tourist destination. For much of its history, the people of the area have been dependent on the coal and iron found within its rocks.
Petra, an ancient red city in the middle of the Arabian Desert of southern Jordan, reveals its glorious archaeological past in addition to its deep chronological history. In 2007, Petra was designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World.