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Bryce Canyon National Park:
Hoodoos Cast Their Spell--
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By looking at Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos Cast Their Spell, students explore why and how the geological wonders of Utah's Bryce Canyon were set aside for public enjoyment in the early 20th century. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Visit the Bryce Canyon National Park Web pages to learn more about the history of this geological wonder. Included on the site are details on the geological processes that created the landforms at Bryce Canyon, a photo gallery, educational resources, and much more.

The National Park Idea
The United States created the world's first national park (Yellowstone), as well as the first national park system. Two online publications that explore the evolution of the "national park idea" are The National Parks: Shaping the System and the Parks and People: Preserving our Past for the Future chapter of National Park Service: The First 75 Years.

Park Geology
The Park Geology Web pages provide information on the National Park Service's programs in geology and minerals management. Click on "Park Geology Tour of Colorado Plateau Geology" for detailed information on Bryce Canyon and other parks that have a common geological theme.

U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS web pages offer an on-line publication titled, "Geologic Time." The publication has essays on Geologic Time, Relative Time Scale, Radiometric Time Scale, and the Age of the Earth. It also provides time lines on Major Divisions of Geologic Time and a Fossils Index.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
Visit the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail Web pages to better understand why roughly 70,0000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Pioneer Trail from 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution. The general route is from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles.

Library of Congress: American Memory Collection
Search the American Memory Collection for resources on Bryce Canyon National Park. Most interesting is the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record's documentation on Bryce Canyon Lodge. There are drawings, photos, and pages of documentation in this collection. Also of interest is a large photograph collection documenting Bryce Canyon in the "History of the West." Also search the collection for further information on Mormon settlers in the west.

Union Pacific Railroad
The Union Pacific Railroad Web pages provide a detailed history of this transportation medium that revolutionized tourism. Explore the photo gallery for an excellent collection of documents, such as old ads (including ads for Bryce Canyon); photos of scenic locations; and much more.

For Further Reading
Students and educators wishing to learn more about Bryce Canyon may want to read the following: John Bezy, Bryce Canyon (Las Vegas, Nev.: KC Publications, 1980); Susan Colclazer, Bryce Canyon (Las Vegas, Nev.: KC Publications, 1989); and Ruth Radlauer, Bryce Canyon National Park (Chicago: Children's Press, 1980).


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