Oct 21, 2019

Inaugurated Stromatolites Park in Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego Island


"Stromatolite" comes from the Greek and means "stratified rock." The importance of stromatolites lies in the fact that they constitute evidence of the earliest life on Earth. Today considered living fossils, these mineral structures arouse great interest for science and an opportunity for tourism.

The mayoress of Porvenir, Marisol Andrade, said she was very happy to start this first stage of the park.  
 

Parque de Estromatolitos, Porvenir, Chile.
  With the presence of the main regional authorities, headed by Governor Margarita Norambuena, Municipal Mayoress Marisol Andrade, students and representatives of the elderly of the commune, was inaugurated the Stromatolites Park, a tourist space for Tierra del Fuego Island.

The project was born with the support and collaboration of Aeronautica and Bienes Nacionales, being the first step to recover the ground for the municipality thanks to the Regional Government that assigned the resources to create the first stage of the park.

Looking at the stromatolites one might think that they are only accumulations of rock and earth, but there is something else, these are mineral structures built by a type of bacteria over millions of years, considered living fossils of great interest for science and an opportunity for tourism. For this reason, the project was promoted to create a park.

In this regard, the Mayoress of Porvenir, Marisol Andrade, said she was very happy to start this first stage of the park, “it is a great dream for Fuegians, it is a tourist project, the park in the first stage consisted of having walkways and informative panels, all this so that the community has a place close to Porvenir, and can enjoy this natural beauty where there are scientific studies that these beings are 3,500 years old and we have them living here in Laguna de Los Cisnes".


Stromatolites in Porvenir, Chile.
Photo: radiomagallanes.cl
  The communal chief, invited the regional community, because here they have a great point of tourist development and logically, that must be known by all the visitors who arrive in Porvenir.

The Laguna de Los Cisnes near Porvenir, is one of the six places in the world where these geobiological systems are located, offering the possibility of investigating ecosystems similar to those that gave rise to life on the planet, all just six kilometers from the capital of Tierra del Fuego.



Finally, Mayoress Andrade reiterated that in the place there is not only the Laguna de Los Cisnes (Swan Lagoon), but also other surrounding areas, which will allow to offer a tourist circuit of great scientific interest and strengthen a sector that because of its proximity to the city, only 6 km, will become a pole of attraction which will generate work and associated services.


Source: elpinguino.com


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