Petrified Forest of Lesvos


Petrified Forest of Lesvos is part of the Tentative list of Greece in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Petrified Forest of Lesvos is located in the eastern part of the island of Lesbos in the northern Aegean Sea. The petrified forest consists of hundreds of petrified trunks of conifers and deciduous trees. It was formed 20 million years ago during the Lower Miocene when the Aegean Sea was a continental area with intense volcanic activity. Volcanic ash falls and mudflows enclosed the subtropical mixed forest and petrified the trees.

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Petrified Forest of Lesvos
2014 Revision

Renomination on the new Tentative List, after having disappeared from that since 1988. Slight name change (from "Petrified Forest of Lesbos")

1988 Deferred

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1988 Added to Tentative List

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WHS 1997-2021