Geology can be one of the most complex and difficult sciences to master. The subject matter spans everything from natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides, to plate tectonics and the various classifications of minerals. Given that the latter can get somewhat boring after a while—because, let’s face it, not many people want to sit around looking at rocks all day—what incentive do we have to learn about what is, perhaps, the most rudimentary aspect of geology?
What if you got to use North America’s national parks as your classroom, though?
Using a handful of some of the most unique national parks this country has to offer, we can explore geology in a way that’s not only palatable, but also guaranteed to take your breath away.
All information courtesy of the National Park Service.Main photo by Bernard Spragg, Public Domain
1. Craters of the Moon; 2. Big Bend Desert; 3. The Grand Canyon; 4. Yosemite; 5. The Rocky Mountains
Natalie Wickstrom is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.