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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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cliffs and gorge
Endless Wall
Gary Hartley

Program Description
Students explore the types of rocks found in the New River Gorge and the rivers role in carving the landscape of today.

Available to schools in:
Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers counties

Grade Level:
5th – 8th

Program Length:
1 hour

New River gorge geology shows the story of time.

Instructional Objectives:

1. List three types of rock found in the New River gorge and describe how they were formed

2. Describe land changes in the New River Gorge over time

3 List three ways that New River Gorge geology has affected human activity

Pre-visit activities:

Post-visit activities:


WV Content Standards met:
Science/Technology – SC.5.3.1, SC.5.4.18, SC.5.4.19, SC.5.4.21, SC.5.4.24

Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.