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Introduction

 

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The Southwest Coast Geopark spreads along an extremely long coastal line with typical landforms of an estuary wetland region such as sand dunes, sandbars, lagoons, river mouths and other unique coastal and marshland scenic sights. With unique terrain and great ecological values, this area has significant role in providing a favored habitat for large amounts of wildlife and important resources of food for fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and birds (Chi 2002). Currently, the Geopark produces a huge and abundant variety of fishes, shrimps, shellfishes, sandpipers, wading birds, herons and all types of wet marshlands wildlife. It also attracts nature lovers and bird watchers regularly with its bird sanctuary where migrant and seasonal birds along the Western Pacific Ocean visit annually. Here is a feeding ground for various protected migrant creatures and visitors can find many Taiwanese endangered species using the area for hatching and nesting. This area is also home to various small and returning fish and krill that is part of the base economy. Culturally, this is an area that was developed relatively early when the Han Chinese came to Taiwan, therefore salt making, breeding, fishing and other related industries have flourished, and many cultural heritage sites with deep historical value have been preserved. 
 

[1] Chi, S. J. (2002). The conservation guidebook of Tainan’s geomorphological landscapes. Kaohsiung, Taiwan: National Kaohsiung Normal University. (In Chinese)