Learning Geology From Park Rangers
The San Francisco Chronicle has this story on new geology workshops that are being created for Park Rangers, in an effort to help them teach the public about examples of various geologic principles that are prevalent throughout many of our national parks. Don’t be surprised if the park rangers start bending your ear about rocks the next time you visit the Marin Headlands or Point Reyes National Seashore. Geologists see the National Park System as one big seminar opportunity, and want to turn park personnel into extended faculty. The only trouble is most of the faculty couldn’t tell an accretionary wedge from isostatic uplift if their lives depended on it. “Most park rangers have backgrounds in biology. You get a lot of great talks about bears and flowers, but geology gets kind of short shrift.”
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