U.S. National Parks

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Protection of a historic Civil War battle site brings a sliver of green space to metropolitan Atlanta.

Published Mar 30, 2016

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

A pair of modest oyster flats turned into two of most important islands in the United States.

Published Mar 20, 2016

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A Monumental Addition in California
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A Monumental Addition in California

Three new national monuments in Southern California connect with existing protected areas to form the world’s second-largest desert preserve.

Published Mar 13, 2016

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On the Lookout
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On the Lookout

Long before Cape Lookout National Seashore was declared a national tourist treasure, it was home to an important lighthouse and a commercial port. The park has its 50th anniversary this week.

Published Mar 8, 2016

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Mona Island
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Mona Island

The small Puerto Rican island is a natural reserve that has been nicknamed the “Galapagos of the Caribbean.”

Published Feb 28, 2016

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El Malpais National Monument
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El Malpais National Monument

In western New Mexico, the landscape’s long volcanic history can be explored above and below the ground.

Published Feb 21, 2016

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Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park

There are not many places in the world where you can move from the ocean to a rainforest to a glacier-covered mountain within 100 miles.

Published Feb 14, 2016

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Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument

The rugged canyons slicing through plateaus in New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument contain relics from human civilization that date back 11,000 years.

Published Feb 10, 2016

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A New Identity for Denali
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A New Identity for Denali

North America’s highest peak is slightly shorter than previously thought.

Published Sep 3, 2015

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Dark Sky Parks
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Dark Sky Parks

Areas recognized for their pristine dark skies are the perfect place to catch a glimpse of celestial phenomena.

Published Nov 15, 2014

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Early Snow on the Great Smokies
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Early Snow on the Great Smokies

A potent weather system with origins in Manitoba moved south across the Great Lakes on Halloween and blew all the way to Florida, bringing snow and hard frost to regions that don't see either in some winters.

Published Nov 4, 2014

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The Loop
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The Loop

A double oxbow etched into the Colorado Plateau in Canyonlands National Park likely got its shape from an ancestral river.

Published Jun 18, 2014

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Canyonlands’ Grabens
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Canyonlands’ Grabens

Sinking blocks of rock created this distinctive network of valleys.

Published Jun 6, 2014

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Hot Springs National Park
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Hot Springs National Park

It takes thousands of years for rainwater to seep deep underground, warm up, and return to the surface before bathers can enjoy it in Arkansas.

Published Apr 23, 2014

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Smoky Mountain Seasons
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Smoky Mountain Seasons

Time transforms the ranges in the southern Appalachian Mountains through the course of a year.

Published Jan 14, 2014

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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Modern remote sensing tools are helping to shed new light on the historic battle.

Published Jul 3, 2013

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Old Volcano, Older Footprints
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Old Volcano, Older Footprints

Acquired September 15, 2000, this natural-color image shows Aniakchak National Monument in Alaska, home to an old caldera, and even older fossils.

Published Oct 12, 2011

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Birthday Wishes for Shenandoah National Park
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Birthday Wishes for Shenandoah National Park

Americans celebrate the 75th anniversary of Shenandoah National Park, just 75 miles from Washington, DC, but worlds away in spirit.

Published Jun 25, 2011

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Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument

Acquired April 2, 2002, this natural-color image shows Colorado National Monument and nearby agricultural and residential areas.

Published Mar 6, 2011

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St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
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St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Acquired June 24, 2007, this natural-color image shows the eastern half of St. John Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The area pictured incorporates a national park and national monument.

Published Jan 20, 2011

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Big Bend National Park
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Big Bend National Park

Acquired on May 10, 2002, this natural-color image shows the varied landscapes of Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas.

Published Jul 18, 2010

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Acquired on May 23, 2010, this natural-color image shows the Colorado Plateau’s Rainbow Bridge, a natural sandstone arch, casting a slim shadow to the northwest.

Published May 30, 2010

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Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park
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Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park

The retreat of Grinnell Glacier, in the heart of Glacier National Park, since 1950 is revealed in this image from August 21, 2003.

Published May 13, 2010

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Sequoia National Park
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Sequoia National Park

Acquired October 22, 2008, this true-color image of Sequoia National Park shows a network of varied ecosystem, including conifer forests, river valleys, alpine vegetation, and bare rocks.

Published Nov 15, 2009

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Kipuka, Craters of the Moon
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Kipuka, Craters of the Moon

This "kipuka" in Craters of the Moon National Monument is an area of undisturbed grassland surrounded by a lava flow.

Published Oct 14, 2009

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Craters of the Moon, Idaho
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Craters of the Moon, Idaho

This lava field includes at least 60 flows ranging from 15,000 to 2,100 years old.

Published Oct 13, 2009

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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Acquired November 28, 2002, this true-color image shows an arid landscape in eastern Arizona. At the time of the earliest dinosaurs, it was a moist, tropical region near the equator.

Published Oct 4, 2009

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White Sands National Monument
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White Sands National Monument

Captured on June 27, 2009, this true-color image shows part of the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, where brilliant white gypsum dunes slowly migrate toward the northeast.

Published Jul 12, 2009

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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park

Naked summits alternate with forested lowlands in Yosemite Valley in this image acquired on August 18, 2001.

Published May 31, 2009

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Kings Canyon National Park
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Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks contain a substantial portion of the Sierra Nevada and some 3,000 ponds and lakes.

Published Mar 22, 2009

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