Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Volume 2, Number 1, 2010



Alexandru-Ionuţ Petrişor, Cătălin Niculae Sârbu


Dynamics of  Geodiversity and Eco-Diversity in Territorial Systems  



Two concepts, the “territorial system” and the “ecosystem”, describe similar realities from different standpoints. For both systems, one of the key features is diversity, called geodiversity in the first case, and eco- or biodiversity in the second. The paper analyzes their definitions and proposes a clarification: overlapping with geodiversity, eco-diversity includes biodiversity. In this interpretation, urbanization processes determine the loss of biodiversity, but increased geodiversity, reflected by the consumption of resources appreciated as primary eco-energies.


Key Words: geodiversity, eco-diversity, biodiversity, territorial system, ecosystem, eco-energy.


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