What is in this guide?
This guide presents selected resources related to the geology of US national parks. To find additional material, search the library catalog using common keywords like national parks and geology, or the name of a particular park. You can also browse the Science Library Annex collection in the QE71 - QE79 call number range, or browse virtually by choosing "Advanced Search" under "Search the Catalog" and choosing "Science Library Annex" from the Location dropdown menu.
The following books can be found in the UNC library collection. Click on each title to see more detailed information, including specific location.
- The geologic story of the national parks and monuments. Harris & Kiver, 1985.
- Geology and America's national park areas. Ellwood, 1996.
- Geology of national parks. Harris, Tuttle, & Tuttle, 1997.
- Geology of U.S. parklands. Kiver & Harris, 1999.
- The granite landscape: a history of America's mountain domes, from Acadia to Yosemite. Wessels, 2001.
- Parks and plates: the geology of our national parks, monuments, and seashores. Lillie, 2005.
- The ice-age history of Alaskan national parks. Elias, 1995.
- Geology of Badlands National Park: a preliminary report (electronic resource). Stoffer, 2003.
- Geological, geochemical, and geophysical studies by the U.S. Geological Survey in Big Bend National Park, Texas (electronic resource). Gray & Page (eds.), 2008.
Canyonlands and Arches
- Geology underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley. Sharp & Glazner, 1997.
- The geology of the Everglades and adjacent areas. Petuch & Roberts, 2007.
- Anatomy of the Grand Canyon. Hamblin, 2008.
- Geologic guide to Grand Canyon National Park. Gordon, 2000.
- Grand Canyon geology. Beus & Morales (eds.), 2003.
- An introduction to Grand Canyon geology. Price, 1999.
Great Smoky Mountains
- The geology of Rocky Mountain National Park (electronic resource). Effinger, 1934.
- The ice-age history of national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Elias, 1996.
- Pages of stone: Geology of Western national parks and monuments. Chronic, 1984-1988.
v.1 - Rocky Mountains & Western Great Plains; v.2 - Sierra Nevada, Cascades, & Pacific Coast;
v.3 - The Desert Southwest; v.4 - Grand Canyon & the Plateau Country
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
- Roadside geology of the Yellowstone country. Fritz, 1985.
- Windows into the earth: the geologic story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Smith & Siegel, 2000.
National Park Service
- Search by Geologic Feature
Explore national parks by geologic feature. Each topic page links to parks with those features, including caves, fossils, glaciers, volcanoes, and more.
- Search by Park Name
Search by name of park to find information about the park's geology.
- Search by State
Search by state to locate national parks and learn about the park's geology.
- Geologic Wonders of the National Parks
Examples of geologic phenomena at selected parks.
- Geology in the Parks
The NPS and USGS present information on general geology topics and the geology of selected parks, including virtual field trips.
U.S. Geological Survey
GeoRef is the most comprehensive database in the geosciences, providing access to worldwide geological literature. It covers the geology of North America from 1669 to present and the rest of the world from 1933 to present. GeoRef indexes articles from more than 3,000 journals in 40 languages as well as books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. It also includes references to publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.
GEOBASE covers worldwide literature on geology, geography, ecology, and related disciplines. Over 2,000 journals are fully covered, and an additional 3,000 are selectively covered. More than 2,000 books, monographs, conference proceedings, and reports are also covered.