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Geomorphosites of Nui Chua National Park, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Thi Phuong Chi Hoang, Quang Hai Ha, Thi Que Nam Nguyen
Published: 8 September 2021

Abstract: Nui Chua National Park, Ninh Thuan province, is a semi-arid climate while locating right next to a tropical forest climate, therefore, it has a rich biodiversity ecosystem, where the coastal dry forest ecosystem is rarely seen in Vietnam. This area contains many valuable geomorphologic features in denuded – lithological – tectonic terrain, among them, three features can be considered as national treasures: 1) Nui Chua dome – block mountains; 2) Rai Cave tectonic – abrasive coastline and 3) Lang Choi Stone Park. Nui Chua dome – block mountains is the unique geomorphosite of Vietnam which has the right conditions for the dry ecosystem to develop. The tectonic – abrasive coastline of Rai Cave and Lang Choi Rock Park is home to unique and precious geoheritages such as two-stage development of boulders or balanced rocks, karren sculpturing, caves, notches on ancient coral reefs terrace or spheroidal weathering, tafoni on intrusive rocks, to name a few. To archive the goal of sustainable development, it is important to link the conservation activities of the biodiversity at Nui Chua National Park to the preservation efforts of geodiversity (geology, geomorphology, etc.) in the area. Providing scientific explanations at each geomorphosites together with safe sightseeing guides will help increase the quality of tourism, attract more visitors to explore and learn about this mysterious, wonderful, and diverse ecosystem.
Keywords: Geomorphosites / Denuded - lithological - tectonic terrain / Nui Chua national park / Ninh Thuan province

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