San Diego State University Earth Science in a National Park Research Paper

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Earth Science in a National Park

Choose a national park of particular interest to you; here is a list of all 58 of them: https://www.nationalpark-adventures.com/united-states-national-parks.html (Links to an external site.). What does Earth Science reveal about that national park through time? This research paper will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about a chosen park. In your report, be sure to cover the following topics:

  • The geography of your national park – where it is located on Earth, what the topography is like (major mountains, lakes, etc.), and what surface processes are currently shaping it (rivers, ocean waves, etc.)
  • The plate tectonic setting of your national park – where it is located relative to plate boundaries, what tectonic processes are active in your region (earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.)
  • The geologic story of your national park – what rocks and minerals are found there, and what stories they tell about how your park has changed over geologic time. (For instance, was it once the site of an ocean or sea? If so, what evidence is there for that, and when did it happen?)
  • The weather and climate of your national park – what the climate is like in your park, what extreme weather your park experiences, what effects of global climate change your park is already experiencing, what the projected impacts of climate change on your park may be—and what is currently being done, if anything, to address these challenges.

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Running Head: Earth Science

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Earth Science: Everglades National Park
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Everglades National Park
Geography of Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is located in the United States and is the country's largest
wilderness as a tropical wilderness. The national park protects about 20% of the Everglades
originally located in Florida and is the third-largest national park found in the USA. The national
park was established in 1947 and had 1,542,526 acres and sprawl between the Gulf of Mexico
and Lake Okeechobee in the Southern part of Florida. The tropical wetland national park has its
major purpose of preserving wilderness and provides an environment for outdoor activities and
adventures. The national park also hosts the country's widest and slowest river, which provides a
stream of constant freshwater about 60 miles wide. A large part of Everglades National Park is
made of sawgrass and has mangrove swamps, cypress and pine forest, island forest, freshwater
prairie, and estuarine and marine habitats (Osborne et al., 2017).
Everglades national Park

The landscape of Everglades National Park in the South of Florida is due to the past geological
events and ongoing environmental processes. Human activities have greatly influenced the
landscape, but the geological records are still the same. The geology of the National Park is made
of limestone. In contrast, the bedrock geology has been affected by the ongoing processes of

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erosion, compaction of organic sediments, rise and fall of sea-level, and weathering to form the
current landscape. The ecosystem is made of Lake Okeechobee and the 50-mile-wide and 130mile-long mosaic that goes to Florida. Most of the Everglades were drained for urban
development and agricultural activities. The diminishing water supplies in the national park are a
habitat to many wildlife, including the Florida manatee and wading birds.
Plate tectonic setting of Everglades National Park
The shoreline shapes Florida coastline...


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