The National Park System contains significant geological features, landforms, and viewsheds that frame the natural and cultural heritage of our nation. Equally important are the active geologic processes that may impact park resources or visitor safety. Energy and mineral operations within and adjacent to NPS units also present unique resource management challenges.

The Geologic Resources Division assists the National Park Service and partners in the servicewide coordination, support, and guidance necessary to understand and implement science-informed stewardship of geologic and associated park resources; reduce impacts from energy, mineral, and other development; and protect visitor values.

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Subject Sites

  1. Abandoned Mineral Lands
  2. Arches, Buttes, and Rock Formations [Site Under Development]
  3. Caves and Karst
  4. Energy and Minerals Management
  5. Erosion: Water, Wind, and Weather [Site Under Development]
  6. Fossils and Paleontology
  7. Geohazards
  8. Geology
  9. Geoscientists-in-the-Parks
  10. Geothermal Processes and Features [Site Under Development]
  11. Glaciers
  12. National Fossil Day
  13. Renewable Energy
  14. Volcanoes, Craters, and Lava Flows
  15. Youth Programs—Mosaics in Science

Article Series—Shared Content

  1. Beaches and Coastal Landforms [6]
  2. Coastal Engineering—Hard Structures [3]
  3. Coastal Engineering—Soft Structures [4]
  4. Coastal Geology—Beach Materials [4]
  5. Coastal Geohazards [7]
  6. Coastal Geomorphology—Beach Response to Storms [4]
  7. Coastal Geomorphology—Ecological Effects of Storms [8] [Site Under Development]
  8. Coastal Geomorphology—Storm Types [4]
  9. Coastal Geomorphology—Storms of Record [10]
  10. Coastal Geomorphology—Tropical Storms [4]
  11. Coastal Processes [8]
  12. Fundamental Geologic Principles [6]
  13. Geoheritage Values [8]
  14. Geologic Resource Laws, Regulations, and Policies [15] [Site Under Development]
  15. Geoscience Concepts—Plate Tectonics [4] [Site Under Development]
  16. Glacier Ice Features [6]
  17. Glacier Landforms [12]
  18. Glaciers—Types of Glaciers [6]
  19. Grand Canyon Collections—Paleontology in 3D [14]
  20. Kids in Paleo [6]
  21. Meet A Paleontologist [21]
  22. National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas [282]
  23. Park Paleontology News - Fall 2019 [6]
  24. Park Paleontology News - Spring 2019 [6]
  25. Park Paleontology News - Fall 2018 [6]
  26. Park Paleontology News - Spring 2018 [5]
  27. Park Paleontology News - Fall 2017 [6]
  28. Park Paleontology News - Spring 2017 [6]
  29. Park Uses of Geologic Information [5] [Site Under Development]
  30. Photogrammetry Applications and Examples [7]
  31. Physiographic Provinces [17]
  32. Plate Tectonic Landforms/Settings [7] [Site Under Development]
  33. Values Embodied in Geoheritage [8]
  34. Volcanic Features and Landforms [7]
  35. Volcanic Geohazards [10] [Site Under Development]

Last updated: October 9, 2019