NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska

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.

river with rocky bed
Charley River

Geologic Features and Processes

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Geologically, the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve is significant because it contains:

  • A world-significant assemblage of diverse geological and paleontological resources that are unusually complete, providing at least a 600 million year record stretching back to the close of the Precambrian era.
  • The area between the Nation, Kandik, and Yukon rivers is postulated to be a portion of the North American plate that has escaped deformation from geological forces and remains as an intact geological and paleontological record. Some of the oldest known microfossils in existence have been found in this area.
  • The entire Charley River watershed is protected in its undeveloped natural condition and is classified as a “national wild river”.
  • The Yukon River is the largest natural, free-flowing river in the National Park System.
  • Sites preserving activities and events of regional significance associated with the gold rush era are present and exemplified by bucket dredges, mail trails, trapper’s cabins, boats, roadhouses, water ditches, and machinery.

Maps and Reports

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 3207. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

NPS Soil Resources Inventory project has been completed for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and can be found on the NPS Data Store.

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3232. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

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Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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.

Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve

Last updated: December 28, 2021