Cultural Value

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View of Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

NPS Photo


Human culture is connected to local geologic landscapes. These connections are clearly evident in patterns of development that take advantage of the geologic landscape and resources. Deep connections are also clear from our cultural stories, art, songs, poems, traditions, and ceremonies that feature or celebrate American landscapes. Significant geologic heritage sites add cultural value when they provide a scenic setting for celebrations, weddings, family reunions, vacations, spiritual reflection, and other shared experiences.

Cultural Value at a Glance

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    Part of a series of articles titled Values Embodied in Geoheritage.

    Last updated: May 31, 2023