Thursday, April 15, 2010

10 Great Places to See Geology in Action!

Larry Bleiberg from USA Today asked my help in designing a list of 10 great places to see geology in action and I was quite thrilled to participate. The article appears in the travel section of this weekend's edition. I had to think pretty fast, and we came up with the list that appears below.
Grand Canyon (above)
Death Valley (below)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, and Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

(for the coral reefs, past and present; but I don't have pictures)

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

San Andreas Fault, California (Carrizo Plains and Point Reyes)

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (no picture for this one either...)

I'm wondering what places you would have mentioned...


ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Glacier!! :)

Gaelyn said...

Glacier Bay & Iceland of course. Otherwise you've covered it well.

SciGuy315 said...

Congrats on becoming super-famous! How long will we have to wait in line for your autograph in Bishop??

Can't argue at all with your great choices. Speaking of which, Mrs Phreatic & I were in Carrizo two Saturdays ago and saw an AMAZING display of wildflowers. I posted some of the better shots on Phreatic Ramblings.

Chris R said...

I guess Eyjafjallajökull is the place to go right now!

It's a great list of spectacular places - although as a corollary, I like to make the point that you can also see geology in action on any beach, or river bed...

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Garry - you should check out the Red River Gorge Geological Area in east-central Kentucky. It has over 100 natural sandstone arches, making it the greatest concentration of arches east of the Rocky Mountains. Red River Gorge is also known for the many unusual rock formations and sandstone cliffs in the area. Here a link:


Anonymous said...

Dinosaur National Monument! Isle Royale! These are in addition to the fine list you put together.

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Paul said...

Great pictures! Mother Nature sets a beautiful table.