Geology of National Parks, 3D and Photographic Tours
Geology of National Parks in 3D:
How To Use This Website:
This photograph collection is useful for activities in many different grades. But first, get a set of 3D glasses!
Here are some suggestions:
The large images are typically 800 x 600 pixels and work well in PowerPoint presentations, slide shows, or prints in landscape orientation (check your print setup options). The 3D effects work equally well on computer screen, projected, or color prints. Note that not all students will be able to see the 3D effects owing to differences in vision. All images on this website are also available in non-3D format by clicking the "standard photo" button on the main web pages.
Elementary Grades: Students enjoy looking at photographs, especially in 3D! Photographs can be posted around a room or projected on screen. Select a dozen or more images that present aspects of landscape features appropriate to your current lesson. You can choose from a variety of topical ideas from the subject list . You may wish to focus on the following:
1) What landscape features or types of vegetation do they see in the image?
Middle to High School: The same suggestions above apply, but for a higher level of thinking, students should be asked to explain:
4) What processes helped cause this landscape feature to form?
Have students look at the links on the main park pages to get more information about each of the national parks. Many of the National Park Service websites provide links to information about ecology, park history, maps, and special topics related to park resources. Most USGS website links provide overviews of regional geology or geologic maps.
Photographs on this USGS website cannot be copyrighted. They can be used in other publications or presentations in any manner, however, acknowledgment of the USGS as the source would be appreciated. All modern photography presented within was taken by Philip Stoffer (USGS Menlo Park, CA).
The 3D images are anaglyphs and require red and cyan 3-D viewing glasses.
These full-size images average 500 KB each and may be slow to download.
This website was prepared by Phil Stoffer