Geology of National Parks

Author(s): David Foster, David Hacker, Ann G Harris

Edition: 7

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 1088


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The National Parks of the United States preserve our nation's iconic landscapes and some of the finest examples of geologic heritage. From glaciers to caves, volcanoes to canyons, or mountains to coral reefs, the nation's geologic features and landforms have been an important part of the American experience throughout its history. The geologic features found in our national parks are a testimony to the Earth’s complexity and dynamic nature; a planet that has been in a continuous state of change since its origin 4.6 billion years ago. The landscapes and awe inspiring geological features we observe in the national parks are merely snapshots in time as Earth continues its course of change as the result of interactions among the planet’s many internal and external processes. 

The landforms and geologic structures within our national parks have a story to tell about an area’s geologic history and tectonic setting.

Geology of National Parks teaches how to recognize landforms and rock formations within a national park; thus, students will begin to read and interpret the geologic story behind the scenery which extends to scenery beyond the parks to their own backyard. Students will also recognize that the plant and animal communities in an area along with the human history are linked to the landforms through the habitat, resources and shelter they provide.

Geology of National Parks:

  • presents the basic elements of physical geology.
  • features two new parks in this edition: Congaree National Park and Pinnacles National Park.

Geology of National Parks features five parts:

  1. Scenery Developed by Weathering and Erosion on Flay-Lying Rocks
  2. Caves and Reefs
  3. Landscapes Shaped by Continental and Alpine Glaciation
  4. Volcanic Features and Volcanic Activity
  5. Landscapes and Structures in Areas of Complex Mountains

This edition features 59 National Parks and each has a dedicated chapter within these categories.




Part I    Scenery Developed by Weathering and Erosion on Flay-Lying Rocks

Grand Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Capital Reef National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Arches National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Badlands National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Congaree National Park

Part II   Caves and Reefs

Mammoth Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Virgin Islands National Park

Everglades National Park

Biscayne National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Part III  Landscapes Shaped by Continental and Alpine Glaciation

Voyageurs National Park

Isle Royale National Park

Acadia National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve

Yosemite National Park

North Cascades National Park

Olympic National Park

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

Kenai Fjords National Park

Denali National Park & Preserve

Part IV  Volcanic Features and Volcanic Activity

Mount Rainier National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Haleakala National Park

The National Park of American Samoa

Yellowstone National Park

Part V   Landscapes and Structures in Areas of Complex Mountains

Grand Teton National Park

Great Basin National Park

Saguaro National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Death Valley National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Channel Islands National Park

Redwood National Park

Hot Springs National Park

Big Bend National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pinnacles National Park

David Foster

Dr. David A. Foster is a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida. In addition to teaching courses on the Geology of National Parks he studies the tectonic development of continents. His research in North America, Africa and Australia makes use of radiometric dating methods, structural geology, and petrology to study ancient and modern tectonic processes. He has published over 200 scientific articles and several field guides.

David Hacker

Ann G Harris

Related ISBN's: 9781465291004, 9781524990251




ISBN 9781465291004

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