Satun From a sea 500 million years ago
541 – 485 million years ago
The Satun Geopark terrain originated as a sea floor in the Cambrian Period more than 500 million years ago. The oldest fossils of primitive sea life in Thailand were found in the red sandstones on Tarutao Island.
485 – 444 million years ago
In the Ordovician Period this place was full of stromatolites, a group of tiny organisms that produced oxygen for the prehistoric world. The sea in this period had abundant marine creatures, especially nautiloids or ancient squids.
444 – 247 million years ago
From the Silurian Period to the early Triassic Period the Satun Geopark terrain remained submerged. However, since tectonic plates were constantly shifting, the Satun Geopark terrain which was once situated in the southern hemisphere shifted further and further into the northern hemisphere.
Geopark to a great mountain closely knit with the local way of life
247 million years ago to present
From the Middle-Triassic Epoch to present was the crucial time when 2 tectonic plates collided, continuously uplifting the Satun Geopark terrain from a sea floor to high mountains. Weathered by wind and rain elements for millions of years, the Satun Geopark terrain transformed into a topography of diverse and beautiful features.
6,000 – 5,000 years ago
6,000 years ago was the start of the bond between the landscape, the rocks and the people. Caves were early humans’ first shelter, based on the finding of tools made of animal bones as well as animal remains in a cave more than 30 meters above sea level ground
Satun Geopark Today
Satun Geopark is still a place where humans share a close connection with the terrain and the topography, as can be seen from the unique daily life, history and culture of the people here.