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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 https://www.nature.nps.gov/views/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dunes

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

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

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

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

Erosion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evaporite Deposits

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

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

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

Faults

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

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

Flood Plains

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

Geo-detective

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

Geologic Formations

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

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

Geo/Hydrothermal Activity

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

Glaciation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical Geology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hydrology

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

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

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

Landslides

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

Mountains

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

Paleontology/Fossils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Petrified Wood

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

Plate Tectonics

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

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

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

River Systems

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

Seashore

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

Volcanism/Volcanoes/Lava Flow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Sites

5 star ratingUSGS/NPS Projects
https://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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