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Mud volcanoes
Development of a new geopark in Romania

Tinutul Buzaului (Buzau country) is a unique area targeting UNESCO recognition. It is rich in geologic features, among which are its mud volcanoes. Recently funding has been awarded to pursue the goals.

Mud volcanoes in Buzau county
Maria Bostenaru / CC BY
Mud volcanoes in Buzau county
While Germany is so rich in recognised geoparks, not the same is valid for Romania. The only one is Tara Hategului, a historic region in Romania, and now Tinutul Buzaului is targeting the same recognition. Cultural heritage is important for both, but what makes Buzau geopark unique are its geologic features: for example live fire and the unique mud volcanoes (image). A British journalist compared it for the Guardian with a Brothers Grimm tale landscape (see link). More recently, this year, a consortium of Romanian and Norwegian institutions obtained funding from EEA grants to pursue the ambitious goal of obtaining UNESCO recognition.

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12. Jul 2014
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


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