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)