A City of Granitic Rocks

Granitic rocks form the backdrop of iconic landscapes worldwide – from the narrow ridge of Machu Picchu to the massive walls of Yosemite Valley. In southern Idaho, City of Rocks National Reserve contains a “sculpture garden” of granitic rock outcrops with a different appearance from most other granites. They are a result of unusual geologic processes – an interesting story.

By |2021-08-19T18:53:15-07:00August 19th, 2021|Our Amazing Earth|4 Comments

Yellowstone’s Dynamic Geologic History

The dramatic landscape of Yellowstone National Park, including exploding geysers, bubbling mud volcanoes, and rainbow-colored lakes, all provide hints of the dynamic geologic history of the region. Yellowstone is one of the Earth’s largest volcanic systems, and earthquakes, ground surface movements, and hydrothermal activity in the region are all indications of this volcanism.

By |2020-10-11T06:31:01-07:00October 8th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|0 Comments

Earthquakes and Other Surprises in the Basin and Range

If you have admired the vast and empty Nevada landscape that unfolds during a drive across, or an airplane flight above, this western state, then you have seen some of the territory that composes the Basin and Range. The principal features of this region are rugged mountain ranges and arid deserts....

By |2020-05-07T06:51:34-07:00May 7th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|10 Comments
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