Last updated: May 27, 2021
Geodiversity refers to the full variety of natural geologic (rocks, minerals, sediments, fossils, landforms, and physical processes) and soil resources and processes that occur in the park. A product of the Geologic Resources Inventory, the NPS Geodiversity Atlas delivers information in support of education, Geoconservation, and integrated management of living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of the ecosystem.
Introduction[Site Under Development]
Driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway is to, by design, follow the trace of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province and experience the beautiful landscapes associated with the core of a massive ancient mountain range. Rocks visible along the way span more than a billion years of earth's history.
Geologic Features and Processes
Features visible along the parkway include the following:
Blue Ridge, Black, Great Craggy, Pisgah, and Great Balsam Mountains
Faults and Folds
Bedrock Exposures: Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic Rocks
- Earth Surface Processes: Surficial Units
Those varied geologic features and processes also create a multitude of resource management issues for park staff, including:
Geologic Hazards (slope movements and earthquakes)
Abandoned Mineral Lands
Disturbed Lands Restoration and Structural Integrity of the Parkway
- Paleontological Resource Inventory, Monitoring, And Protection
Blue Ridge Parkway is a part of the Blue Ridge, Peidmont, and Valley and Ridge Physiographic Provinces and shares its geologic history and some characteristic geologic formations with a region that extends well beyond park boundaries.
- Scoping summaries are records of scoping meetings where NPS staff and local geologists determined the park’s geologic mapping plan and what content should be included in the report.
- Digital geologic maps include files for viewing in GIS software, a guide to using the data, and a document with ancillary map information. Newer products also include data viewable in Google Earth and online map services.
- Reports use the maps to discuss the park’s setting and significance, notable geologic features and processes, geologic resource management issues, and geologic history.
- Posters are a static view of the GIS data in PDF format. Newer posters include aerial imagery or shaded relief and other park information. They are also included with the reports.
- Projects list basic information about the program and all products available for a park.
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National Park Service Geodiversity AtlasThe servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on geoheritage and geodiversity resources and values within the National Park System. This information supports science-based geoconservation and interpretation in the NPS, as well as STEM education in schools, museums, and field camps. The NPS Geologic Resources Division and many parks work with National and International geoconservation communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available.
For more information on the NPS Geodiversity Atlas, contact us.