The natural environment in urban areas

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pp. 143-152
Institure of Geology and Mineral Exploration, 70 Messoghion Street, Athens 11527, Greece
Abstract: 

The natural environment is, in people’s mind, out of the cities, and could not belong to the urban environment. It is separated far from the cities. As a consequence, people are very surprised when speaking of geoconservation or geological heritage inside urbanized areas, just in their doorstep. Living in towns and cities does not mean that we have to renounce completely our relation with nature. On the contrary, town-dwellers need an every day contact with nature. This contact improves the quality of human life. Of course in some modern cities this demand will be hard to achieve in short term, but it should be a long-term aim, through a conservation and protection of free spaces policy. Such a policy has to be incorporated in all other policies. The result will be the harmonicus coexistence of nature and city.
   In the case of Pireas, the main international harbour and one of the biggest cities in Greece, the conditions are far from being sufficient concerning the above mentioned problematics. However, Pireas is a very nice city by nature, degraded by men. Few natural sites are left, always under threat regime because of the pressure of other priorities and the high ground prices. The rapid disappearance of sites and consequently the irreversible loss of information is between the geoscientific issues in relation with the modern cities that should be included in the urban geology topics.

VOLUME 28 (3-4)/December 1998 “Geological Heritage of Europe” Dedicated to the memory of George P. Black – First ProGEO President

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

UNESCO, Division of Earth Science, 1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France
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UNESCO, Division of Earth Science, 1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France

Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nature Consrvation; 46 Lubicz St.; 31-512 Kraków, Poland

Departament de Geologia, Universitat Autònoma de Balcelona, 08193 Ballaterra (Barcelona), Spain
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Departament de Geologia, Universitat Autònoma de Balcelona, 08193 Ballaterra (Barcelona), Spain

TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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University of Athens, Dept. of Geology, Univ. Campus, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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University of Athens, Dept. of Geology, Univ. Campus, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece
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TEI of Athens, Egaleo 122 10, Athens, Greece

School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece
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School of Geology, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, 15784 Athens, Greece
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IGME, Direction of Mapping, Messogion 70, 11527 Athens, Greece

Department of Biodiversity and Systematic Biology, National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CFJ 3NP, UK
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Department of Geography, University of Wales Lampeter, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7ED, UK

Geographical Faculty, University of Belgrade
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Institute for Nature Protection of Serbia, Belgrade
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Institute for Nature Protection of Serbia, Belgrade

Faculty of Leisure and Tourism, Wellesboume Campus, 8uckinghamshire Chi/terns University College, Kingshill Road, High Wycombe, HP/3 588, UK

Sofia University
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Institute of Geological Reserach, Tirana, Albania
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Institute of Geological Reserach, Tirana, Albania

English Nature, Northminster House Peterborough PE1 1UA, UK
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English Nature, Northminster House Peterborough PE1 1UA, UK

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Geology, Division of Dynamic Tectonic Applied Geology, Panepistimioupolis liJgrafou, GR I 57 84 Athens, Greece

Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali. Universita dell'Aquila, 67100 L'Aquila - Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali. Universita dell'Aquila, 67100 L'Aquila - Italy
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Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali. Universita dell'Aquila, 67100 L'Aquila - Italy

Mirnyi, Sakha Republic, Russia

Geological Research Institute, Tirana, Albania
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Geological Research Institute, Tirana, Albania
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Geological Research Institute, Tirana, Albania

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Institure of Geology and Mineral Exploration, 70 Messoghion Street, Athens 11527, Greece

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nature Conservation; 46 Lubicz Str., 31-512 Krakow, Poland
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Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nature Conservation; 46 Lubicz Str., 31-512 Krakow, Poland

lnstilttte of Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, Geological Museum, Minsk 220141, 7 Kuprevich str., Belarus

lnstilttte of Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, Geological Museum, Minsk 220141, 7 Kuprevich str., Belarus

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Via Trentino 51, 09127 Cagliari, University of Cagliari
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Via Trentino 51, 09127 Cagliari, University of Cagliari
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Via Trentino 51, 09127 Cagliari, University of Cagliari