The alternatives use of aquatic plants in geopark within approach landscape ecology
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In the developed countries which attach importance to the health of their citizens, people are able benefit from the remedial properties of pristine and beautiful natural environments, favorable climate, sunlight, proper and functioning infra- and superstructures, efficient socio-cultural environmental opportunities, and hot mineral waters, in addition to other kinds of supportive care they receive under physician control. This study was conducted to research the aquatic plants that could be grown around the Kursunlu thermal springs located in the Salihli district of Manisa province and to determine the best living environmental conditions for these plants so that the plant species that would have the highest quality of life in the area could be identified. The Kursunlu thermal springs have different properties and qualities in terms of aquatic plants thanks to the geothermal energy present in and around them. In this context, an attempt was made to examine the vegetation of these locations, and Kursunlu thermal springs were selected as the case area for the study. The aim of the study was to improve the quality of life in the thermal springs and to popularize the use of aquatic plants. Taking into consideration the geothermal energy present in and around the study area, the aquatic plants that would be most suitable to include for landscape projects in the area were determined. These plants were then evaluated in terms of their visual properties, and expert opinions were taken regarding their use in landscape projects. This also presented an opportunity into research and gain insight to the level of influence of the natural properties of the area over the plants.