The University of Arizona College of Science is known as a world leader in teaching, learning and discovery. As a trailblazer in the fields of astronomy, ecology, evolutionary biology, geology, hydrology and tree-ring research, the College of Science has established an international reputation for excellence. Facilities managed by the College of Science such as Biosphere 2, Tumamoc, Flandrau Science Center, UA Science Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, the Mirror Lab, and Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research provide a strong foundation for the collaborative promotion of all Tucson-area Geotourism attractions.

“It’s the astounding biodiversity of the spectacular Sonoran Desert that makes Tucson a truly unique place,” said Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the UA College of Science.

Tucson is nestled between four mountain ranges and located one hour north of the Mexican border. The lush Sonoran Desert supports a wide variety of plants and animals, the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains contain a pine forest and a small ski resort, and the diverse population and elegant tourist resorts enable a rich cultural life.The region’s scientific and business communities are collaborating in the UA Science Geotourism Initiative to showcase these attractions by highlighting the area’s preeminent scientific and natural wonders. For the benefit of visitors and residents alike, these Geotourism attractions will be collectively promoted to appeal to the general public, as well as to academic and broad scientific audiences.

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