The Saudi Geological Survey revealed one of the most beautiful geological features in the world, which was classified and selected among the top 100 geological sites by the International Union of Geosciences (IUGS) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Jabal al-Qadr, in Harrat Khaybar, was chosen among the first 100 geological heritage sites, out of 181 nominations submitted by 56 countries, including 34 landmarks from North and South America.
It was also chosen from among 28 countries on the continent of Europe, 15 from the continent of Africa, and 23 from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, and Jabal al-Qadr was classified among the most beautiful global geological features.
The authority indicated that Jabal al-Qadr in Bahrah Khaybar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considered one of the largest volcanic fields and among the last volcanoes that erupted 1,000 years ago and formed a beautiful aesthetic shape, which is a large volcanic cone with a relative height of about 400 meters.
While this volcano erupted during its eruption a large volume of lava and basaltic flows fed by basalt tubes.
These lavas covered the sites of stone structures (or what is known or called “desert kites”) that were built during the Bronze Age, approximately 5,000 years ago.
She also noted that the location of Jabal al-Qadr and other landmarks around the world that were chosen, such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park in the United States, and the Archean Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa.
In addition to Mount Everest, “inspirational and extraordinary places that have greatly contributed to the development of geosciences”, they represent the memory of the Earth and part of the natural heritage that we must value, manage attractively and preserve.
In parallel, this site was nominated for the global list by Dr. Muhammad Rashad Hassan Mufti (former consultant at the Geological Survey and Professor of Volcanology at King Abdulaziz University) and Dr. Carole Nemeth, a volcano expert at the Geological Survey.
The first 100 geological heritage sites, in a printed book, have been presented by 350 experts from more than 40 countries over the past few days.
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