Archive for the ‘North America’

  • Joshua Tree National Park

    Posted in North America | April 9, 2010
    Joshua Tree National Park is located in the Southern Californian Desert (Riverside and san Bernardino Counties) in the United States. Previously a US National Movement, Joshua Tree National Park was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1984 and a National Park in 1994. The park covers a total area of 7,89,745 acres and encompasses areas of Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The park gets its name from the distinctive Joshua Tree. The park is governed by the National Park Service. Geography: Features of the two desert areas are mainly determined by altitudinal factor. Colorado Desert, which encompasses the eastern part of the park has an altitude of below 910 metres. Little San Bernardino Mountains are located in the southwestern edge of the park. Mojave  [...]
  • Grand Teton National Park

    Posted in North America | April 5, 2010
    Grand Teton National Park is located in the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Wyoming in the USA. The park is noted for its mountain vistas, alpine lakes and wildlife. The park gets its name after Grand Teton, the tallest peak in the Teton Range at 4,197 metres. The name ‘Tetons’ was originally used to describe hills near the town of Arco in Idaho. Grand Teton National Park was established in February 1929. The park is spread over an area of 1,250 square kilometres. Geography The north-south-trending Teton Range, which is a part of the Rocky Mountains, rises from the floor of Jackson Hole (a graben with an average elevation of 2,100 metres) along a 64 km by 11-14 km  wide active fault-block mountain. Jackson Lake is the largest lake here  [...]
  • Crater Lake National Park

    Posted in North America | April 5, 2010
    Crater Lake National Park is located in southern Oregon in the United States. John Hillman was the first white to have discovered the lake, way back in 1853. Set up in 1902 (thanks to the efforts of naturalist William Gladstone Steel), Crater National Park is the sixth oldest national park in the country. Medford is the nearest city to Crater Lake National Park. The park is spread over an area of 18,224 acres and is governed by National Park Service. The highest point in Crater Lake National Park is Mt. Scott at 2,722 metres. About Crater Lake: Crater Lake located at the centre of the national park is the deepest lake (594 metres at its deepest point) in the United States. The caldera is located in the remains of a destroyed volcano (Mount  [...]
  • Everglades National Park

    Posted in North America | April 2, 2010
    Everglades National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southern Florida (Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Collier counties) in the USA. The park, which is one of the largest national parks (area: 6,110 square kilometres) in the US, protects Everglades, the largest subtropical wetlands in the country. Everglades National Park is among the only three locations in the world that has also been declared an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance besides a World Heritage Site. The park was set up in 1947. Nearest city is Florida City. Geography: The elevation of the park ranges from 0 to 2.4 metres above sea level. However, a shell mound built by Native Americans on the Gulf Coast is 6.1 metres. Lake Okeechobee  [...]
  • What is the definition of a national park?

    Posted in North America | March 31, 2010
    National Park is an area which is set aside by national government as well as the state government which is done to preserve its natural environment. National Park is no ordinary area, which will be chosen and declared as National Park. The area which is under National Park is less under human’s exploitation and away from its occupation and cities. Mostly the area declared under National Park has some scenic view, scientific significance, geographical interest etc, which is why it is being protected by humans from exploitation and abuse from humans only. A thing to be noted is national park is a place where there are more animals and plants then humans, so therefore this places the arena under protection of national authority. It is basically  [...]
  • Gettysburg National Park

    Posted in North America | March 30, 2010
    Gettysburg National Park is situated at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle commenced in July 1863 during the American Civil War. Gettysburg National Park is situated just outside the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It lies in close proximity to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The cemetery is dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. The park history commemorates the battle of Gettysburg and the soldiers who laid their lives during the Civil War. Nearly 7000 soldiers lost their lives and close to 30,000 were wounded. The citizens of Gettysburg provided adequate care to the soldiers. To provide recuperation for the soldiers a huge tent-city was erected to the east of the town. This served as a point for accumulation of medical supplies  [...]
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Posted in North America | March 30, 2010
    Guadalupe Mountains line the Texas-New Mexico border. The peaks rise to heights of more than 8000 feet. This is in stark contrast to the surrounding desert land. The mountains have two national parks within their range: Guadalupe and Carlsbad Caverns. Guadalupe has rocky peaks and scenic valleys all around. Varied wildlife resides here. Carlsbad Caverns is one of the oldest cave systems present in the world. Its fame has spread every nook and corner of the planet. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a full-day drive from the major attractions of the South West. The journey is worth the effort as the park has many underground chambers, which are 250 feet deep. These chambers have awesome formations of many colors and shapes. Long roads are a common  [...]
  • California National Parks

    Posted in North America | March 29, 2010
    There are seven California National Parks. Golden Gate National Park Golden Gate National Park is one of the seven California National Parks. The park has chronicled 200 years of history. The park is reminiscent of Native American culture, Spanish Empire Frontier, and the Mexican republic. It has also seen the maritime history, California Gold Rush, evolution of coastal fortifications, and the development of San Francisco. Joshua Tree National Park This park offers spectacular views. On close examination, the park reveals a splendid variety of flora and fauna. The land has been shaped by strong winds, torrential rain, and extreme weather. Starry nights and unbelievable geological features make the park more enticing. Wildflower season commences  [...]
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Unending galore of vistas

    Posted in North America | March 29, 2010
    Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. - John Muir Rocky Mountain National Park, is the galore of panoramic views and unending galore of vistas. In the hues of cerulean blue permanently attached are the craggy peaks which are extending serrated, protrusions from the down the earth. Down below, beautiful meadows with swaying wild flowers, dotted and spread throughout like pattern of intricate quill. Deep canyons are plunging through lush, foliage and verdant green forests. As rivers stream down and gushes through mountainside and take breathe  [...]
  • National Park Service: Savior of National Parks

    Posted in North America | March 26, 2010
    The National Park Service, or NPS, is a United States of America’s federal agency. National Park Service manages all national parks and many of the national monuments along with areas that have title designations for historical or conservation properties. National Park Service was created on 25th August in the year 1916, when the Senate and Congress gave an approval through the National Park Service Organic Act. National Park Service is under the jurisdiction of Federal Government of the United States, also an agency of United States Department of the Interior. And National Park Service headquarter is in Washington DC. It is a federal executive department, who is headed by Secretary of the Interior. Secretary of the Interior is a Cabinet  [...]