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eology is of interest for many different people, not just researchers and

specialists such as geologists and engineers that need this knowledge for

their investigations and work. The geological knowledge is also important for

both economy and land management of regions.

The geology and geomorphology are important factors that determine the diversity

of life in a region. Also the conditions for human settlement and further

development are quite dependent on the geology and geological resources. Today,

the society and its institutions, view the geological heritage as a very important

value of the natural environments.

The National Parks of Spain have considered geological heritage from the

beginning of its foundation: geology is what explains the spectacular and scenic

landscapes seem in these natural reserves.

Nevertheless, spread and give out geological heritage information was set aside in

favor of other natural elements more visible and easier to understand for the

people. The animal and vegetal life within these natural reserves, termed

biodiversity, has been the focus of attention for the professionals that work in

National Parks as well as for the policy makers and the society in general.

The turn of the century has witnessed an increased interest in aspects related to

geology. The geological heritage has received an important boost, especially during

the last years, thanks to the collaborative work between the Geological Survey of

Spain (IGME) and the Government Institution of National Parks (OAPN). In this

way, the divulgation and release of the geology from National Parks has been

improved, promoting a better knowledge of these natural zones and landscapes.

The collaboration between IGME and OAPN has been increased and reinforced

due to a protocol agreement signed by both institutions in 2013. This arrangement

permits the attainment of studies and investigations about geology in the National

Parks and the generation of high quality guide books to divulge the geology of

these places in a more comprehensive way.

An important result from this collaboration is the present Geological Guide to the

TEIDE NATIONAL PARK, one more of the ample set of Geological Guidebooks of

National Parks of Spain. With this Guidebook, visitors will have a complete and

general geological description of the park, of different hiking trails and about

specific sites of geological interest.

Government Institution of National Parks (OAPN)

Geological Survey of Spain (IGME)