on Silent City of Rocks
suggested grade levels: 9-12
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will learn how to use the Digital Atlas.
2. Students will learn about the geology and history of a unique area.
Use the Parks and Monuments section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. To get there: Click on Atlas Home, Geology, Parks and Monuments, Silent City of Rocks, then on Start Reserve Module. Have your students read through the City of Rocks pages and encourage them to click on the links to see pictures about the area. For a printable pdf handout that you can give your students for this exercise, click below.
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.
geo1ho.pdf | geo1AK.pdf | Start Reserve Module
The sample questions below are shown in the printed handout.
The City of Rocks encompasses 14,300 acres of land renowned for its scenic, geologic, and historic significance. It has been designated as a natural and historic national landmark and is under study by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. By doing this exercise, you will learn about the geology and history of this landmark. Use your knowledge and answer the following questions completely and accurately.
1. What problem keeps this area from becoming included into the park system where it would be better protected?
2. Which tribes of Indians used to live in the Silent City of Rocks area?
3. What famous trail passes through this area?
Geology: Geology Topics