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Encyclopedia > Natural Monument

A Natural Monument is a natural/cultural feature which is of outstanding or unique value because of its inherent rarity, representative of aesthetic qualities or cultural significance. Guidance for selection of a natural monument is:

  • The area should contain one or more features of outstanding significance (appropriate natural features include spectacular waterfalls, caves, craters, fossil beds, sand dunes and marine features, along with unique or representative fauna and flora; associated cultural features might include cave dwellings, cliff-top forts, archaeological sites, or natural sites which have heritage significance to indigenous peoples).
  • The area should be large enough to protect the integrity of the feature and its immediately related surroundings.

Tower Fall in Yellowstone National Park A waterfall is usually a geological formation resulting from water, often in the form of a stream, flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a sudden break in elevation. ... Alternate meanings: Cave (disambiguation) This article is about natural caves; for artificial caves used as dwellings, such as those in north China, see yaodong. ... Crate can refer to: A type of box A guitar amplifier company, Crate Amplifiers A wire or mesh enclosure with a door used in crate training dogs. ... A fossil Ammonite Fossils are the mineralized or otherwise preserved remains — or other traces (such as footprints) — of animals, plants, and other organisms. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Marine is an umbrella term for things relating to the ocean, as with Marine biology, Marine geology, and as a term for a navy, etc. ... Fauna is a collective term for animal life, as distinct from Flora (plant life) Fauna is an ancient Roman goddess. ... Flora may refer to: Flora (goddess), a goddess in Roman mythology Flora (plants), a collective term for plant life; as distinct from fauna (animals) Flora (microbiology), the collective bacteria and other microorganisms in an animal host 8 Flora, an asteroid A brand of margarine made by Unilever. ... Nakhal Fort, one of the best-preserved forts in Oman. ... Importance and applicability Most of human history is not described by any written records. ... Cultural heritage consists of a nations historic buildings, collections, monuments, etc. ... The term indigenous peoples has no universal, standard or fixed definition. ...

References

http://glossary.eea.eu.int/EEAGlossary/N/natural_monument European Environment Agency glossary


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