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MOURA, PÂMELLA; GARCIA, MARIA DA GLÓRIA M.; BRILHA, JOSÉ B.  and  AMARAL, WAGNER S.. Conservation of geosites as a tool to protect geoheritage: the inventory of Ceará Central Domain, Borborema Province - NE/Brazil. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2017, vol.89, n.4, pp.2625-2645. ISSN 0001-3765.

The Ceará Central Domain, in the northern Borborema Province/NE Brazil, encompasses important geological records (geosites) which allow understanding a relevant period of the Earth’s evolution, mainly associated to Neoproterozoic Brazilian/Pan-African Cycle and West Gondwana amalgamation, besides Neoarchean to Ordovician records. The presented geoheritage inventory aims to characterise the geosites with scientific relevance of Ceará Central Domain. By applying a method for large areas, the final selection resulted in eight geological frameworks represented by 52 geosites documented in a single database. This is the first step for a geoconservation strategy based on systematic inventories, statutory protection, geoethical behaviour and awareness about scientific, educational and/or cultural relevance of geosites.

Keywords : geological heritage; geoconservation; inventory; Borborema Province; Brazil.

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