U.S. National Parks

Katmai National Park, Alaska
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Katmai National Park, Alaska

A national park and preserve almost twice as large as Yellowstone provides ample habitat for brown bears and salmon.

Published May 14, 2016

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Biscayne National Park
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Biscayne National Park

Maps of the underwater topography reveal reefs and sandbars within the largest marine park in the U.S. National Park System.

Published May 1, 2016

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The Grandest of Canyons
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The Grandest of Canyons

Grand Canyon National Park spans 277 river miles and often stretches 10 miles wide. But the true wonder arises from its depth...or height, depending on where you stand.

Published Apr 24, 2016

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Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, it was the first national park in the United States, and perhaps the world. Its geological and biological wonders have led international groups to declare it a world heritage site and a biosphere reserve.

Published Apr 17, 2016

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Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton National Park

A long, active geologic history sculpted the surface features visible today in the Teton mountain range and Jackson Hole valley.

Published Apr 10, 2016

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

The national park tells the story of the “Lost Colony,” at Roanoke Island, and of the Native Americans who visited the island long before the English.

Published Apr 6, 2016

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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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