This site is a collaborative effort of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Park Service (NPS). The presentation is structured to inform and entice virtual and future park visitors with a non-technical approach to geology. Everyone from middle-school age to experts will find something of interest. Each 'entry' page including the first page of any topic is presented at the most basic level. The presentation becomes increasingly specialized and uses more technical language as one goes deeper into the site. Lots of material is specifically directed towards park interpreters and educators. Pages are organized into general geology topics and individual parks. Basic information is provided for geologic maps, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, and geologic time. A glossary and links to education resources are included. Materials are also provided on geomorphic provinces, sand dunes, caves, animations, glaciers, and coasts. Additional sites are dedicated to the unique geologic history and resources of specific parks; each is jointly developed by park interpreters and USGS staff. These pages may include both technical and education resources.


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