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USGS Geology in the Parks

List of National Parks within the Atlantic Plain and Coast

This is an abbreviated list of parks within the Atlantic Plain and Coast that showcase geology. The individual park name is a link to the park's National Park Service page. Pages listed beneath are links to web sites featuring pertinant USGS geologic investigations, geology tours, or publications. To return to the Atlantic Plain and Coast Geology, click here. To return to the clickable map of Geologic Provinces, click here.

Assateague Island, taken after 1998 Northeaster
Assateague Island, taken after 1998 Northeaster- USGS photo

Assateague Island NS

Impact of Assateague Island Noreasters

Mapping Coastal Change - oblique aerial images of Assateague in 1998 after a large northeaster

USGS, NPS, and NASA Investigate Horse-Grazing Impacts on Assateague Island Dunes Using Airborne Lidar Surveys - USGS Open File Report 01-382

USGS Research Contributes to Assateague Island Restoration - Mitigating 70 Years of Coastal Erosion Due to Ocean City Inlet Jetties

Lidar Mapping of Vegetation at Assateague Island National Seashore - a First Look

Studying Underwater Water in the Land of Misty - Chincoteague Bay, Maryland

Big Cypress NPRES

SOFIA - USGS South Florida Information Access virtual tour of Big Cypress NPRES

Big Thicket National Preserve

Image of Big Cypress National Park
Image of Big Cypress National Park - USGS photo

Biscayne NP

SOFIA - USGS South Florida Information Access virtual tour of Biscayne National Park

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Buck Island Reef NM

Coral Reef Ecology: Tracking Changes From Natural Processes and Human Stresses

Canaveral National Seashore

Cane River National Heritage Area

Cape Cod NS

Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Cod National Seashore (CACO) to Sea-Level Rise

Great South Channel and Cape Cod National Seashore Imagery

Geologic History of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Coastal Erosion on Cape Cod: Some Questions and Answers

Field measurements and calibrated circulation model within the Nauset Marsh estuary, Cape Cod National Seashore - a USGS project description

Geology of the Woods Hole Area, Massachusetts: The Story behind the Landscape

Oblique aerial image of Alligator Bay
Oblique aerial image of Alligator Bay, Everglades National Park - USGS photo

Cape Hatteras NS

Mapping Coastal Change Hazards - Hurricane Dennis, 1999: North Carolina Outer Banks

Cape Lookout NS

Hurricane Dennis - Pre/Post-Storm Aerial Photography: Cape Lookout, NC

Sidescan-Sonar Imagery of the Shoreface and Inner Continental Shelf, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - a study in the region of Cape Lookout

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Investigating the Chesapeake Bay Crater

Ecosystem Trends and Response: Chesapeake Bay

USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

Continued Differential Ground Subsidence - evidence of subsidence due to faulting in the Chesapeake Bay

Geology of the Mid-Atlantic Urban Corridor

Microfossils from Chesapeake Bay Sediments: Illustrations and Species Database

Preliminary Lithogeochemical Map Showing Near-Surface Rock Types in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Virginia and Maryland

The Effects of the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater on the Geologic Framework and the Correlation of Hydrogeologic Units of Southeastern Virginia, South of the James River

Appotomax River, a Chesapeake Bay tributary
Appotomax River, a Chesapeake Bay tributary - USGS photo

Congaree Swamp National Monument

Cumberland Island NS

Mapping Coastal Change Hazards: 'First Line of Defense' - South Carolina & Georgia

Dry Tortugas NP

SOFIA - USGS South Florida Information Access - site about coral reef monitoring and Dry Tortugas NP

Ellis Island National Monument

Everglades NP

SOFIA - USGS South Florida Information Access virtual tour of Everglades National Park

Dunes at the Gulf Islands National Seashore
Dunes at the Gulf Islands National Seashore - NPS photo

Fire Island NS

Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) to Sea-Level Rise

Barrier island processes, sea level rise, and maintenance of salt marsh habitat at Fire Island National Seashore - an ongoing USGS project

Seafloor Sediment Distribution Off Southern Long Island, New York

Dune crest mobility at Fire Island National Seashore, New York - a USGS project description

Beach hydrodynamics and morphologic change of the bayside shoreline, Fire Island National Seashore - a USGS project description

Numerical modeling of Fire Island National Seashore breach impacts upon circulation and water quality of Great South Bay, NY - a USGS project description

Stratigraphic Framework Maps of the Nearshore Area of Southern Long Island from Fire Island to Montauk Point, New York - Open File 99-559

The inner shelf as a source and sink for beach nourishment: Symposium on Beach Nourishment

Image of coral reef at Dry Tortugas National Park
Image of coral reef at Dry Tortugas National Park - USGS photo

Gulf Islands NS

Vulnerability of Seashore to Sea-Level Rise

Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) to Sea-Level Rise

A coverpage to an open file report on coring sediments for stratigraphy at Horn Island, a part of Gulf Islands NS

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area

Natchez Trace Parkway

Padre Island NS

Simple Techniques for Assessing Impacts of Oil and Gas Operations on Public Lands: A Field Evaluation of a Photoionization Detector (PID) at a Condensate Release Site, Padre Island National Seashore [This link causes you to download a PDF]

Pelicans on the flat landscape of Padre Island NS
Pelicans on the flat landscape of Padre Island NS - NPS photo

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Virgin Islands NP

Monitoring of coral reefs and reef organisms in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Monitoring of erosion effects in Virgin Islands National Park

Coral Reef Ecology: Tracking Changes From Natural Processes and Human Stresses

Panorama of Biscayne National Park
Panorama of Biscayne National Park - USGS photo
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