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Internship of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

Internship of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, an internship was held with students of the Geological Department of Geology of the University of Patras at Chelmos - Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark. A group of 26 students accompanied by Dr. Eleni Zagana, Assistant Professor of Applied Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry, visited the sinkhole of Lousoi plain and the springs of the Planitero. They were informed by the Geologist of Chelmos – Vouraikos Management Body, Mr. Topouzidis Nikolaos about the Geopark and the great importance of this visitat at these important geotopes with a special geomorphological structure.

Environmental problems and ways to deal with them were identified at this guided tour. Dr. E. Zagana talked about the great importance of the creation of karst phenomena in limestone rocks. Rainwater in combination with atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) gradually dissolves these rocks and creates underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves that collect large amounts of water and important aquifers that provide us with drinking water.

The students performed measurements of physicochemical parameters of water and took water samples for further study. The need to protect these karst forms, which are rich in Chelmos Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, was emphasized because due to their structure they are easily infected. The internship of the students continued with a tour of the Environmental Museum of Stymfalia and then, near Lake Stymfalia, at a measuring station of the University, for the karst springs of the area.


Springs of Aroanios River

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