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2004 Denver Annual Meeting (November 710, 2004) Paper No. 210-9
 

Summary: 2004 Denver Annual Meeting (November 710, 2004)
Paper No. 210-9
Presentation Time: 10:30 AM-10:45 AM
DESIGNING A NATIONAL PARK: DISCUSSIONS OF
ISSUES SURROUNDING NATIONAL PARKS
AREHART, Greg B., Geological Sciences, Univ of Nevada, Reno, MS-172, Reno, NV
89557, arehart@unr.edu.
As part of an integrated course in Geology of the National Parks, students design their own
National Park (Black Rock Desert National Park) following the criteria set out by Congress
for Park designation. Students present papers and discuss whether and how the area to be set
aside meets these criteria (or doesn't). A series of student papers form the basis for further
discussion of issues of broad societal and geologic relevance in the Parks and other protected
places. For example, one discussion topic focuses on Natural Resources in the Parks.
Students write informative and position papers on a range of resource issues, from mining
(not allowed by statute) to geothermal to biogeochemical (e.g., extremophiles in
Yellowstone). The papers are posted to a class website for everyone to (hopefully) read
before class, which sets the groundwork for discussion. The lessons learned from existing
Parks is then applied to our further discussion of Black Rock Desert National Park. Other
topics we tackle include: Basic geological, biological and cultural aspects of the Black Rock
Desert; Economic impact case studies of having a Park located nearby; Natural hazards and

  

Source: Arehart, Greg B. - Department of Geological Sciences, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno

 

Collections: Geosciences