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Wind Cave National Park includes one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. Features include park geology information, maps, photographs of cave formations, related ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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Timpanogos Cave National Monument, in the Wasatch Mountains, features spectacularly decorated caverns, each of which has unique colors and formations. Features of the site include park geology information, maps, photographs of cave formations, related links, and visitor information. The park geology section discusses the caves' geologic history, structural geology, and details the discovery of the ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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Jewel Cave National Monument feaures the third longest cave in the world; airflow within its passages indicates a vast area yet to be explored. Cave tours provide opportunities for viewing this pristine cave system and its wide variety of rock formations. Features include park geology information, maps, related links, and visitor information. The park geology section discusses the history of the park's ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been designated as a world heritage site because of its unique and surprising geology. Site features include park geology information, maps, photographs, related links, and visitor information. The park geology section discusses the caverns' geologic history, mineral formations, and preservation. The maps section includes a map of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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In this activity a special layered cake is used to demonstrate folding and faulting of sedimentary layers. As a result of this activity students will understand the mechanisms by which folds and faults occur within the earth's crust, recognize the difference in behavior between brittle and ductile rocks, and be able to predict the structure likely to result from application of various forces to layered ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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In this activity students draw a geologic map based on a teacher-prepared terrain model with outcrops placed across the landscape according to a predetermined pattern to represent flat, tilted, folded, and/or faulted strata. Students will map the outcrops and indicate their strike, dip and draw lines to indicate contacts. As a result of this activity students will understand how geologists use geologic ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical geography, Structural geology
 
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In this activity students study a map of bedrock geology which describes the types of rocks that exist in a given area. It shows these rock units as well as their known and inferred contacts. Consideration is also given to folding, faulting, unconformities, and similar rock relationships. These features are often included in bedrock geology maps. Students study the legend and scale and become aware ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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This interactive map shows the major fault systems of the Quaternary for the State of California. It is subdivided into 1x2 degree sheets, each of which is linked to a more detailed map. Users can select a sheet and see an enlargement of the area. Individual fault systems are numbered and keyed to a legend which provides a link to a written synopsis of information for the fault, including fault type ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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This interactive map of the United states provides access to maps of Quaternary faults and folds by state or region (for example, the Gulf Coast). Clicking on the colored areas of the map links the user to state/regional maps and further, to 1x2 degree sheets for each area. On the sheets, users can find faults numbered and indexed to a legend. Links from the legend provide access to written information, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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This virtual field trip takes students to view an anticline, a large fold in the rocks, near the Virgin River in southwestern Utah. Photos, diagrams, and aerial imagery of the feature, accompanied by written narrative and thought questions for students, explain how anticlines form and how they can be detected by investigating the surface geology. There is also a brief description of how they can act ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Field trip - virtual
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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