Geological landscape and public perception: A case for Dataran Lang viewpoint, Langkawi

Author : Tanot Unjah, Mohd Shafeea Leman & Ibrahim Komoo
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 101-107
Volume Number : 59
Year : 2013

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Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 59, November 2013, pp. 101 – 107

Geological landscape and public perception: A case for Dataran Lang viewpoint, Langkawi

Tanot Unjah*, Mohd Shafeea Leman & Ibrahim Komoo

Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi Selangor, Malaysia
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Abstract: In order to understand the aesthetic value of geological landscape, a study was conducted at Dataran Lang viewing point, Kuah, Langkawi based on horizontal viewpoint landscape mapping and public perception survey method. From the mapping exercise several types of landforms and landscapes have been identified and were associated to their various geological formations. In addition to these natural landforms, several man-made landscapes were also identified. Data obtained were transformed into a simple schematic sketch to relate the landscapes with the rock types. Using this sketch as a guide, a public perception survey was carried out to find out the visitors’ understanding and perception on landscape of scenic beauty and their relationship with geology. The survey has shown that most visitors agreed that landscapes seen from Dataran Lang have scenic appeal or aesthetic value. The sketch was useful to help them relating the different landscapes with different geological or scientific information. The schematic geological sketch interpretation is an important tool for enhancing public understanding on geological landscape, geoheritage, and geotourism as well as a tool in future development planning related to the aesthetic geological landscapes.

Keywords: geological landscape, public perception, geoheritage, geotourism