Where can I find information about the geology and natural history of National Parks?

Our National Parks are the showcases of our nation's geological heritage. The National Park Service has websites for most individual parks that include information about their geology and natural history. 

A source of information from the USGS is our Geology and Ecology of National Parks website. The website has listings for regions of the country; selected parks are listed within each region.

Geologic maps for some national parks are available from the USGS through the USGS Store and the National Geologic Map Database.

As the science agency for the Department of the Interior, the USGS does a great deal of research in national parks. All of our related publications are listed in the USGS Publications Warehouse. You can also check our Science Data Catalog.

Learn more: Mapping the National Parks

 

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USGS automated water-quality sampling equipment in Yosemite National Park, 2010
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USGS automated water-quality sampler in Sequoia National Park, 2010

USGS automated water-quality sampling equipment in Yosemite National Park, 2010. Photograph by Harrison Forrester, National Park Service

Image: Old Faithful Erupting
May 30, 2008

Old Faithful Erupting

Photograph of the Old Faithful Geyser erupting in Yellowstone Nationl Park. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Yellowstone expedition and was the first geyser in the Park to be named.

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Herd of Elk in Glacier National Park

Elk walk past a bear rub tree in Glacier National Park.

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Wolves in Glacier National Park

Eight wolves walk past a bear rub tree in Glacier National Park.

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Pine Marten in Glacier National Park

A pine marten climbs up and down a tree and onto the remote camera box. The camera is pointed at a bear rub tree.

Image: Bryce Canyon National Park
August 31, 2005

Bryce Canyon National Park

The orange and white cliffs, rock formations, and vegetation of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Geologic Map of Big Bend National Park, Texas
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Detail of the Geologic Map of Big Bend National Park

Zoomed in detail of the Geologic Map of Big Bend National Park

National Parks that could be threatened by higher sea level

National Parks that could be threatened by higher sea level

National Parks and Seashores on coasts that could be affected by future sea level rise.