LANGKAWI GEOPARK (Malaysia)
Langkawi Geopark is located in the far northwestern corner of peninsular Malaysia. Located in the northern State of Kedah, it is unique in the sense that it was formed on 99 islands that together made up the legendary Langkawi Archipelago.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
Langkawi Geopark offers an experience of exploring the meaning of integrating nature and human development.
The park has the best-exposed and most complete Palaeozoic sedimentary sequence in Malaysia, from the Cambrian to the Permian period. Later, during the Mesozoic, the islands underwent a major tectonic event that resulted in the emplacement of its numerous granitic rocks. Much of the geological development was somewhat linked to what had happened in the old supercontinent Pangea and southern hemispheric Gondwanaland since more than 550 million years ago. What we have in Langkawi today is the combined result of these various processes and the ongoing weathering process that has taken place since the Langkawi land was brought to the surface around 220 million years ago. Geodiversity and biodiversity are preserved in Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park.
These geoforest parks also protect biodiversity in diverse habitats including mangroves, tidal flats, beaches, estuaries, coral reefs, caves, limestone and many more harbours for various life forms.
Located along the Straits of Malacca, famous as an historical trade route in South East Asia, this island has accumulated numerous legends, myths and historical connections with the surrounding area. This heritage, combined with the traditional fishing and farming village, adds charm to the local culture. To maximize the experience with natural and cultural heritage, accommodation and facilities are available in this geopark to suit visitors.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States