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USGS Geology in the Parks

View of Kelso Dunes. Photo by Paul Stone, USGS

Geology of Mojave National Preserve

From the swirling sands of Kelso Dunes to Hole in the Wall's violent volcanic remnants, Mojave National Preserve serves as a showcase of ancient and modern geologic processes. Rocks here reveal the stories of prehistoric landscapes as old as 2.7 billion years - over half the age of the Earth!

Come dig into Mojave's past on a field trip that takes you to some of Mojave's most intriguing and accessible geologic wonders.

Mojave Field Trip
Mojave Time Scale
Plate Tectonics
Rocks and Minerals
Geologic Time
Geologic Maps
Geologic Glossary


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