Saturday, January 26, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Hot Springs

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is an old park visit, but one I never actually published as part of this series. I visited this park back in 2003, before I was focused on the geology of the parks. 



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.

This post relates to the Arkansas Geological State Symbols post that came out earlier this week.

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Hot Springs National Park


The water within Hot Springs National Park is unique in that it has traveled a very long way down into the ground surface. These waters have been heated up by geothermal activity (the heat inside the Earth) as opposed to the volcanic activity that you would see at springs in areas like Yellowstone. Here is Bathhouse Row, where the bathhouses are lined up along the areas where the natural springs come to the surface.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Arkansas

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Arkansas


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                                        Year Established
State Rock: Bauxite                                                                  1967
State Mineral: Quartz Crystal                                                  1967
State Gemstone: Diamond                                                       1967
State Dinosaur: Arkansaurus fridayi                                       2017

Friday, January 18, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Arizona

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Arizona


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).


                                                                                        Year Established
State Gemstone: Turquoise                                                        1974
State Fossil: Petrified Wood (Araucarioxylon arizonicum)        1988
State Metal: Copper                                                                    2015

I also have several Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures that I have done for Arizona previously. These include:
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Grand Canyon National Park
Hohokam Pima National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Alaska

The next state up for the Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Alaska


You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                        Year Established
State Mineral: Gold                                1968
State Gemstone: Jade                              1968
State Fossil: Woolly Mammoth                1986

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - Russell Cave



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.

This post relates to the geological state symbols post that came out earlier this week. 

Unfortunately this is the only National Park I have visited in Alabama but eventually there will be more.
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During a trip to Chattanooga for my wife's Ironman race, we took a tour of some of the nearby National Parks. This included a brief foray into Alabama to see the small, but cool Russell Cave.

Entrance Sign

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Geological State Symbols Across America - Alabama

One of my goals for 2019 is to post an in-depth look at the geological and paleontological symbols of each state. I plan on posting 1 state each week for the year, so you can look forward to that. In addition to that I am planning on updating a lot of my Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures to catch up on ones I missed for each of the states as I go through them. Some of the early states have been published before but they will be updated with new and more up to date information. First up on my Geological State Symbols Across America is:

Alabama



You can find any of the other states geological symbols on my website here: Dinojim.com (being updated as I go along this year).

                                                                    Year Established
State Rock: Marble                                         1969
State Mineral: Hematite                                 1967
State Gemstone: Star Blue Quartz                  1990
State Fossil: Basilosaurus cetoides                 1984