My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is from my undergraduate years when we traveled the national parks during spring break.
You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.
|Geology of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. Map courtesy of the NPS.
The different formations are groups of rocks made up of members that were deposited in similar environments. Although the water levels fluctuate up and down during this time interval, overall North America is moving towards Africa in this time period as the Iapetus Ocean was closing up towards the east. Eventually North America will meet up with Africa to form the supercontinent Pangea, but we haven't gotten there yet when these rocks were deposited.
|Geological map units for the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. Courtesy of the NPS.
|Geologic Profile of the New River Gorge. Image courtesy of WVGES.