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October, 2008

Geology of National Parks
National Parks Rock! 3D and photographic tours of 60+ parks.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has set up this site to provide visitors with 3D and photographic tours of more than sixty national parks featuring their geology and natural history.
Users will find several ways to navigate the site including an alphabetical list of the parks, interactive location map, thumbnail gallery index, or subject index. 3D glasses are recommended for some of the photographs.

Take your students on a tour of more than sixty national parks without ever leaving your classroom. This site offers 3D and photographic tours of such parks as the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Hawaii Volcanoes, Dinosaur National Monument, Mammoth Cave, Natural Bridges, and many more. Each tour includes selected online USGS field guides and other Web resources as well as the 3D and standard photographs. Students will enjoy the Name that Park, an online quiz game where users explore and identify the landscape features in the national parks. Other park related resources include Native American Indians of the Southwest, 1971-1975, Wheres the San Andreas Fault, and several others. Also included is a section for teachers and students that will help them get the most from the site with suggestions for elementary and middle school and a description of the kind of 3D glasses needed as well as directions for creating your own 3D images (anaglyphs).


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