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Developed lesson plans and activities are tied in with New Mexico and Texas educational standards. Topics included
geology, ecology and history.

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  • The Capitan formation

    During the Permian period a sea covered the area and a reef started to form in this marine environment. The actual fossils you can find hiking the Permian trail at Guadalupe are remnants of this ancient feature. This lesson will help high school students to infer what happened in the area using important geological tools like rocks, fossils and satellite images.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Paleontology, Tectonics
    Keywords:
    reef, geology, 9-12 grades, fossils, topographic maps
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Geology Lesson 3. Where did the oceans go?

    The Frijole Ridge, part of the Capitan Reef, rises above the dry landscape.

    In this lesson, students will examine two common external factors that control geologic landscapes: climate and tectonics. When complete, students should understand the role of each in the geology of the Guadalupe Mountains and in modern geologic events.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, Hydrology, Oceanography, Tectonics
    Keywords:
    climate, tectonics, geomorphology, 9-12 grades
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    Geology Lesson 2. Global building blocks

    The layering of rock visible in Devil´s Hall

    Rocks and minerals are the building blocks of the Earth Crust. Learning how to identify the main types of rocks and their minerals will help students understand the geology of the Guadalupes and how a beautiful reef can transform into a mountain.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Earth Science, Geology, Paleontology, Tectonics
    Keywords:
    minerals, rocks, geology, geological maps, 9-12 grades