CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK: GENERAL SECONDARY EDUCATION GEOSCIENCES THROUGH INTERPRETATIONS OF REGIONAL GEOLOGY
In order to meet this broad student audience, the lessons will include field trips to the Permian strata and caverns in conjunction with hands-on, introductory college-style laboratories to provide background geologic concepts. For example, lessons on the regions Permian geography, complete with field and map exercises, are paired with general laboratory activities on plate tectonics and Pangea in order to give the students an overall understanding of global mechanics and Permian geography. The Carlsbad Caverns lessons will build upon the CDLs existing hydrology unit by placing cave water chemistry into a regional groundwater framework and allowing students to investigate changes in cavern geochemistry through time. It is through these processes that this curriculum should provide not only an understanding of the regional geology of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but also a general understanding of geologic history and processes.