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Jumpsite for Park Geology Education

The following NPS web sites have been selected and rated by educators to highlight some of the best park geology pages and to provide a quick starting place for exploring the many thousands of park science pages available to you. The sites have been given ratings of 1 to 5 globes, with 5 being the best. Please feel free to send comments, corrections, or additions to us via e-mail ( Webmaster ).



Cave/Karst

5 star ratingNPS Cave and Karst Views Module http://www.nature.nps.gov/views/

4 star rating Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
http://www.nps.gov/cave/naturescience/cave.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/cave/index.cfm

3 star rating Great Basin National Park, Nevada
http://www.nps.gov/grba/naturescience/cave.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grba/index.cfm

3 star rating Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/jeca/geology.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/jeca/index.cfm

3 star ratingOregon Caves National Monument, Oregon
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/orca/index.cfm

3 star rating Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/tica/index.cfm

5 star rating Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/wica/
Wind_Cave_Exploration_&_Resource_Management.htm

http://www.nps.gov/wica/Geology.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/wica/index.cfm

Dunes

5 star ratingDeath Valley National Park, California & Nevada
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/deva/deva1.html
http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/geologicformations.htm

5 star ratingGreat Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
http://www.nps.gov/grsa/resources/overview.htm

3.5 star ratingMojave National Preserve, California
http://www.nps.gov/moja/home.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/moja/index.cfm

3 star ratingWhite Sands National Monument, New Mexico
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/whsa/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/whsa/Geology%20of%20White%20Sands/GeoHome.html

Erosion

2.5 star ratingArches National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/arch/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

2.5 star ratingBadlands National Park, South Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/badl/exp/home.htm

3 star ratingBlack Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
http://www.nps.gov/blca/webvc/geology.htm

5 star ratingBryce Canyon National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/blca/naturescience/geology.htm

3 star ratingCanyonlands National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/cany/naturescience/geologicformations.htm

3 star ratingZion National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/zion/Geology.htm

Evaporite Deposits

2.5 star ratingArches National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/arch/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

3.5 star ratingMojave National Preserve, California
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/moja/index.cfm

3 star ratingWhite Sands National Monument, New Mexico
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/whsa/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/whsa/Geology%20of%20White%20Sands/GeoHome.html

Faults

2 star ratingJoshua Tree National Park, California
http://www.nps.gov/jotr/nature/features/geology/formations.html
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/jotr/index.cfm

2 star ratingPinnacles National Monument, California
http://www.nps.gov/pinn/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

Flood Plains

3 star ratingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grte/index.cfm

Geo-detective

5 star ratingBryce Canyon National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/brca/geology.html

Geologic Formations

3.5 star ratingHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/hafo/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/geology.htm

3.5 star ratingJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
http://www.nps.gov/joda/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nps.gov/joda/geology.htm

Geo/Hydrothermal Activity

5 star ratingYellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Idaho & Montana
http://www.nps.gov/yell/nature/geology/index.htm
http://www.geyserstudy.org/geyser_main.htm

Glaciation

5 star rating NPS Glaciers Knowledge Center
http://www.nature.nps.gov/views/Index_glaciers.htm

3 star ratingAcadia National Park, Maine
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/acad/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

3 star ratingGlacier Bay National Park, Alaska
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/glba/
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/glba_web/

3 star ratingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grte/index.cfm

3 star ratingGreat Basin National Park, Nevada
http://www.nps.gov/grba/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grba/index.cfm

3.5 star ratingMt Rainier National Park, Washington
http://www.nps.gov/mora/ncrd/glacier/index.html
http://www.nps.gov/mora/ncrd/geology.htm

4 star ratingOlympic National Park, Washington
http://www.nps.gov/olym/invgeo.htm

5 star ratingWrangell -St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geology.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geologybook.htm

Historical Geology

4 star ratingUSGS/NPS Geologic Time Overview
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/gtime/gtime1.html

2.5 star ratingArches National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/arch/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm

2.5 star ratingBadlands National Park, South Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/badl/exp/home.htm

3 star ratingBig Bend National Park, Texas
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/naturescience/geology.htm

3 star ratingBlack Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
http://www.nps.gov/blca/naturescience/geology.htm

3 star ratingCanyonlands National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/cany/naturescience/geologicformations.htm

3 star ratingMississippi National River & Recreation Area, Minnesota
http://www.nps.gov/miss/features/index.html

3.5 star ratingMojave National Preserve, California
http://www.nps.gov/moja/home.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/moja/index.cfm

3 star ratingShenandoah National Park, Virginia
http://www.nps.gov/shen/naturescience/geologicformations.htm

2.5 star ratingTheodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/thro/tr_rocks.htm

3 star ratingYosemite National Park, California
http://www.nps.gov/yose/nature/geology.htm

3 star ratingZion National Park, Utah
http://www.nps.gov/zion/Geology.htm

Hydrology

3 star ratingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grte/index.cfm

5 star ratingGreat Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
http://www.nps.gov/grsa/resources/overview.htm

3.5 star ratingHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/naturescience/index.htm
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/geology.htm

Landslides

3.5 star ratingHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/naturescience/index.htm
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/geology.htm

Mountains

3 star ratingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grte/index.cfm

Paleontology/Fossils

2.5 star ratingBadlands National Park, South Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/badl/exp/home.htm

5 star ratingDeath Valley National Park, California & Nevada
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/deva/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/geologicformations.htm

3 star ratingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
http://www.nps.gov/grte/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/grte/index.cfm

3.5 star ratingHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/naturescience/index.htm
http://www.nps.gov/hafo/geology.htm

3.5 star ratingJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
http://www.nps.gov/joda/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nps.gov/joda/geology.htm
http://www.nps.gov/joda/paleo.htm

3 star ratingPetrified Forest National Park, Arizona
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/naturescience/fossils.htm

2.5 star ratingTheodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
http://www.nps.gov/thro/tr_rocks.htm

Petrified Wood

3 star ratingPetrified Forest National Park, Arizona
http://www.nps.gov/pefo/naturescience/fossils.htm

Plate Tectonics

5 star ratingUSGS/NPS Plate Tectectonics Overview
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/pltec/pltec1.html

4 star ratingOlympic National Park, Washington
http://www.nps.gov/olym/home.htm
http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

5 star ratingWrangell-St. Ellias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geology.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geologybook.htm

River Systems

3 star ratingMississippi National River & Recreation Area, Minnesota
http://www.nps.gov/miss/features/index.html

Seashore

3 star ratingAcadia National Park, Maine
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/acad/index.cfm
http://www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/coasts.htm

Volcanism/Volcanoes/Lava Flow

5 star rating NPS Volcanism Knowledge Center
http://www.nature.nps.gov/views/Index_volcano.htm

3 star ratingCrater Lake National Park, Oregon
http://www.nps.gov/crla/geo1.htm

4 star ratingCraters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho
http://www.nps.gov/crmo/naturescience/volcanoes.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/crmo/index.cfm

3 star ratingHawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
http://www.nps.gov/havo/visitor/lava.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/havo/index.cfm

2.5 star ratingLava Beds National Monument, California
http://www.nps.gov/labe
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/labe/index.cfm

3.5 star ratingSunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
http://home.nps.gov/sucr/naturescience/geologicformations.htm
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/sucr/index.cfm
http://nps.gov/wupa/geology_general.html

5 star ratingWrangell-St. Ellias National Park and Preserve
http://home.nps.gov/wrst/naturescience/naturalfeaturesandecosystems.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geology.htm
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/geologybook.htm

Other Sites

5 star ratingUSGS/NPS Projects
http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/project/home.html


Ratings Guide

5 star rating Five stars – Excellent depth of information about park geology. A five star rating is very similar to a four star rating except that there is a fun-to-navigate element in a five star rated park.

4 star ratingFour stars – In addition to the park brochure, there is additional park geology information provided from other NPS sites or links to outside sources. The geology education information is excellent and explains geologic processes in detail. There may be animations, geology photos and lesson plans available on the site.

3 star ratingThree stars – In addition to the park brochure, there is additional park information provided from other park information such as the Geology Fieldnotes or outside sources. The additional information may or may not be linked in the park website. The additional information is not easily found through the park website.

2 star ratingTwo stars – The only information provided at the park site is the park brochure, however the information is more in depth and the park geology may be more abundant and more interesting. There are no external links provided at the park site for geologic discovery.

1 star ratingOne star – The only information provided at the park site is the park brochure. It may indicate that the geology in the park is very limited. If there are outside sources of information about the park geology, the links are not available on the park site.


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