National Parks, Acadia to Death Valley

On these National Park pages, using geographic information gleaned from The Essential Geography, I briefly describe our national parks. My descriptions show the type of geographic information I hope you will glean from this illustrative form of cartography.

I'll add more national parks almost daily until I've added all sixty-one.

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In Eastern Utah, just up the Colorado River from Moab and Canyonlands, the La Sal Mtns rising to the SE, Arches National Park features the iconic Delicate Arch.

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Badlands National Park lies just off I-90 near the Black Hills of South Dakota, on the northern edge of Pine Ridge Reservation, between the Cheyenne and White Rivers.

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Judging from the elevations of Presidio and Boquillas del Carmen, we can infer the 7,825 ft Chisos Mtns of Big Bend National Park rise more than 5,000 ft above the Rio Grande.

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Just outside Miami, Biscayne National Park protects much of Biscayne Bay, and associated keys.

 

Near Montrose, Colorado, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Pak lies in the transition zone where the Colorado Plateau merges with the Rocky Mountains. With “plateau” in its name, we know the Uncompahgre Plateau is a feature of the Colorado Plateau, rather than the Rockies.

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Sitting astride the confluence of two great rivers, the Colorado and the Green, makes Canyonlands National Park an especially beautiful subject for a work like this!

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An array of National Parks and Monuments bears witness to the unique beauty of Southern Utah; and Capitol Reef National Park sits right in the middle, bookended by 11,000 ft mountains.

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Separated from the California mainland by the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Park protects the northern-most islands of a broader archipelago.

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Just SE of South Carolina capital, Columbia, Congaree National Park lies where the Coastal Plain gradually gives way to the Piedmont.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park tucks into a forested river valley in the urban region south of Cleveland.

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The east face of Death Valley National Park's Panamint Range, with a summit that’s 11,311 ft higher (and 50°F cooler) than Badwater, a few miles away, is the highest escarpment in the US.