NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska and Washington

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. 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.

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Geologic Features and Processes

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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park spans from coastal to alpine terrain. The Chilkoot Trail unit starts at sea level, hosting intertidal sand flats, and extends to high elevations with glaciers, tundra, and relict permafrost.

The landscape that surrounds Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is part of a massive 1,750-km- (1,088- mi-) long belt of plutonic and associated metamorphic rocks. This plutonic complex, called the “Coast Mountain Complex” by Brew et al. (1995), extends from the Fraser River valley near Vancouver north-northwestward to the Yukon Territory.

Maps and Reports

Geologic Resources Inventory

The Geologic Resources Inventory produces digital geologic maps and reports for more than 270 natural resource parks. The products listed below are currently available for this park, check back often for updates as many maps, reports, and posters are still in progress.
  • 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.

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2995. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Soil Resources inventory

NPS Soil Resources Inventory project has been completed for Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and can be found on the NPS Data Store.

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3042. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

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National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas

The 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.

Last updated: December 12, 2018