The Living Edens: Virtual Yellowstone Tour
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
- Research the geologic wonders (geysers, hot springs, mud pots, canyons, and waterfalls) of Yellowstone National Park.
- Locate the main geologic features of Yellowstone on a map of the park.
- Write a description of the geologic features to be included on the map for a self-guided tour for park visitors.
- Define the terms geyser, mud pots, hot springs, erosion, and uplift
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
NASA has a site with lots of information on the ecology, particularly the recovery from the recent wildfires at its Yellowstone Fires resource. This site also includes a problem-based learning activity with students in the role of scientists.
As researchers, the students should first visit the official Yellowstone Geology site which defines the four terms from the lesson plan and has a brief description of the Washburn Range, which could be used to set the standard for the descriptions the students should write or present for the features they are assigned. On the sidebar, the geology button also covers buttons for "Calderas" and "Glaciations". There are also sidebar button-menus for "Geysers" and "Waterfalls".More useful links for student research include:
- Yellowstone's Geysers (more info) in addition to the link on the Yellowstone Geology page.
- Recipes for Calderas (more info) by the Geology (more info) crew from About.com
- Total Yellowstone Waterfalls Page
- California State University - San Bernadino Yellowstone Field Trip Site ( This site may be offline. )