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USGS Geology in the Parks

Coastal Geology

There are 97 parcels of United States coastal land under the authority and management of the National Park Service. These areas are comprised of barrier islands, sandy beaches, rocky shores, marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, lakes, and rivers. The diversity of these resources creates an opportunity for research by the US Geological Survey on coastal processes. Ongoing USGS projects produce data that are used by governmental, private and public sectors. The USGS provide geologic data to the National Park Service personnel, which may used for placement of park service buildings, trails, and as a basis for resource management recommendations.

Sound marine science is critical for making such management decisions.

Barrier Islands

Sandy Beaches




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