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Colorado National Monument, Colorado

 
Colorado National Monument, managed by the National Park Service, is a great place to introduce the kids to geology and biology. The colorful, sheer-walled canyons and rock sculptures bear witness to the effects of millions of years of erosion as well as times gone by. But be careful where you step! The biological soil, found throughout the park, is a living groundcover. The potholes, naturally occurring basins in sandstone, collect more than rainwater and wind-blown sediment. When wet, they are the breeding grounds for insects and desert ... Read Moreamphibians and, when dry, home to organisms able to survive long periods of dehydration. Yet there is more to this 23,000-acre park than a bit of natural history. Watch birds, reptiles and mammals in this semi-arid environment on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Enjoy spectacular overlooks on the 23-mile Rim Rock Drive. Hike or horseback ride one or more of the monument's many trails. Become a Junior Ranger and learn more about the park throughout your stay.
Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

National Park Service

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

National Park Service

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

National Park Service

 
Reading Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary Rock Layers

Sedimentary Rock Layers

National Park Service

 

Sedimentary rock tells us about the history of the earth. But what makes sedimentary rock really cool is that we can read it like a book. The composition and texture tells us about the origin of the rock. And its contents, such as fossils, tell us about the environment in which it was made. Because each layer of sedimentary rock was deposited in a different time we can read many chapters of the earth's history. But when you read the rocks at Colorado National Monument, keep in mind that geological forces - such as faulting and folding - have mixed the chapters up.

 
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