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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s01.v1015

GEOPARK INVENTORY STUDY OF LEVENT VALLEY, AKCADAG- MALATYA (EASTERN TURKEY)

Y. GUNGOR, L. ISKENDEROGLU, D. AZAZ, B. GUNGOR
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 1, 125 - 136 pp

ABSTRACT

The purposes of “Levent Valley Geopark Inventory Study” investigate each of many
caves “which known to be over hundred” and study and record geological structures
which could develop to become geosite both within the valley and the surrounding area.
In Levent Valley -which is located at Levent, Akçadağ village of Malatya-
Lithostratigraphic units are surfaced dating back to Upper Cretaceous-Pliocene. The
karstic caves found on the joints which is result of cross cutting of the faults of the main
faults cutting through the valley, are mostly shaped by people who lived in the valley.
Especially twin caves at the skirts of Yığılıçakıl hill, caves located on the rock walls
south of Yığılıçakıl hill, the Temple Cave, The Dark Cave, The Large Cave at west of
Şekilce town, The Triple Caves, Kolköy caves west of Levent town, and Küçükkürne
Caves North of Levent are good examples of human-geology relation.
There no information about the period when people lived in the valley, and when the
first caves was digged. But based on surrounding settlements, these settlements could be
back to Paleolitic period. As result of the studies in this valley, the term Archeo-geosite
is proposed for discussion. During the field studies, all inventory items were inspected
individually and detailed measurements were recorded for items that could become
geosite. These studies took almost 10 hours a day walking the area on foot.
As a result of the studies 26 Geosite and Archeo-geosite were identified. Trail paths
were documented on maps, height and area of the caves were measured. By the and of
study it is concluded, Levent Valley and surrounding area not only as a geopark but
also, as an archeological site could become a World Heritage.

Keywords: Geological Heritage, Geopark, Geosite, Levent Valley, Malatya

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