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The term geotope, is borrowed from the German word and refers to a geological feature which specifically relates to rocks and soil of the uppermost part of the lithosphere. It differs from general land formations of the lithosphere in an area, which are referred to as physiotopes. Both geotopes and a physiotopes are non-living, that is they are chemical and physical parts of the environment, abiotic components or factors that affect living organisms and the functioning of ecosystems.
Geotopes are geological formations of an inanimate nature that impart knowledge about the evolution of the earth or of life. They include individual creations of nature and natural landscape elements as well as outcrops of rocks, soil, minerals and fossils. Geology or geoscience, sometimes called Earth science is the study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources, this science includes the study of geotopes.
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- Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- Special areas of conservation.
- Special protection areas.
- Types of rock.
- Types of soil.
- Types of land.
- World heritage site.
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