This geopark is a territory containing global geological sites as well as natural, historical and cultural sites. It is a place where man meets pristine nature, where you can learn about the age-long traditions of the Bashkir land.
This project is driven by the locals, who are developing the partner network of the park that unites businessmen, activists and experts from all across the globe.
The Toratau Geopark is located at the joint of the southern part of the Urals and the eastern outskirts of the East European Platform. The territory is rich in unique geological sites that are of scientific, historic, natural, educational and aesthetic value.
Возраст пород составляет от 1 млрд до 250 млн лет. Главные объекты геопарка — геологический разрез Усолка, шиханы Торатау, Юрактау и Куштау.
Flora and fauna
The territory of the Toratau geopark is incredibly biologically diverse. In one day, you’ll see the vast forest steppes and explore the cool mountain creeks, covered in dense broad wood forests. And in the southern part of the geopark you’ll see the meadow steppes with blooming needle grass.
В тенистых еловых лесах, сохранившихся с прошлых ледниковых периодов, можно повстречать диких животных и редкие растения, например, венерин башмачок.
Currently, the historical and cultural heritage of the Toratau geopark includes about 100 archaeological sites (Paleolithic - New Time), several dozens of architectural monuments, objects of religious pilgrimage, obelisks, steles and monuments of the 20th century, museums and intangible heritage. But all this is only a small part, recorded and described by experts.
We still do not know how big this heritage actually is. One of the most important tasks of the geopark is to identify, study and present to visitors the whole diversity of historical and cultural heritage that has been preserved for millennia in this unique territory.
Ключевая задача дирекции геопарка «Торатау» — поддержка и участие в уникальных образовательных и научно-исследовательских программах.
Here you can explore educational programs developed by geoguides and researchers of the Geopark.