It was one of the areas from where human beings began to explore the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest, with the longest section built on permafrost, runs across the Geopark.The self-builders have undertaken the actual construction themselves.They have only in a very few instances used the help of professionals.
The Geopark is endowed with abundant geological relics providing evidence of complicated crustal movements and ocean-land conversions.
Moreover, the residents all have green electricity and they have established a willow based treatment plant to handle their wastewater in ecological fashion.
The future plan is to incorporate more sustainable principles into the cooperative such as small wind turbines for houses where this is feasible.
It is the first Global Geopark in western North America, and the first to represent the plate tectonics that led to the formation of the Rocky Mountains.
Mountain and foothill geology spans a Precambrian to Cretaceous time range (4600 to 66 million years ago).