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a ranger talking with students on a rocky overlook with ocean and beach below
Acadia National Park, Maine.

NPS Photo by Carmedy West.

Seeing With Geologists' Eyes

Geology is the scientific discipline dedicated to understanding the physical features and processes of Earth, as well as the history of the planet and its inhabitants since its origin. A basic understanding of the fundamentals of geology can enhance your appreciation of geoheritage sites and scenic vistas.


Featured Video—American Geosciences Institute

Earth from Space

Video Series: Big Ideas in Geoscience

From the American Geosciences Institute come 9 videos on Big Ideas in Geoscience. Watch Earth form, learn about Earth's history, natural systems, evolution, geohazards, and more. See what processes shaped the Earth we know today.


Landscape-scale Geology

Every landscape shows its history, but not everyone sees it. You can learn to read the landscape by knowing a little bit about a region's geologic setting and some common landforms.


Park Geology In-depth

If you would like to learn more about the parks you're planning to visit, geologic maps, books, and reports are available for many parks. With your knowledge of geoscience fundamentals, you can use these more technical resources to discover in-depth information about park geologic features and the geomorphic processes that continue to shape our parklands.


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Last updated: October 26, 2020


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