NORTH AMERICA

Monticello and the University of Virginia

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Education, Secular Structure Introduction to Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello is the home that Thomas Jefferson designed for himself at the heart of the University of Virginia.  Thomas Jefferson is known for his writing of the Declaration of Independence and United States presidency, but he was also …

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Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Country: Canada, United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Geology, Glacier, Mountain, Natural Landscape Introduction to Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is comprised of two parks along the United States and Canada border.  In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park—located in Alberta, Canada—and Glacier National Park—located in Montana, United States—were combined to form the first international peace park in the world.  The …

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Caves, Geology Introduction to Carlsbad Caverns National Park The Carlsbad Caverns National Park, located in New Mexico, is made up of over 100 limestone caves.  They are notable because of their size and diversity.  The caves were formed over the course of many centuries as sulfuric acid ate away at underground limestone.  Scientists continue to …

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Mesa Verde National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Archaeological  Introduction to Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde, located in southwestern Colorado, is an ancient archeological and historic sight.  For nearly 700 years beginning in A.D. 600, the ancient Pueblo people made their homes in Mesa Verde.  Mesa Verde is a plateau reaching an altitude of about 8,500 feet.  Its name in Spanish …

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Volcanic Introduction to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the most active volcanoes in the world: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth, while Kilauea is the most active. The landscape here is dynamic, constantly changing because of volcanic eruptions. The park offers …

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Independence Hall

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Monument, Secular Structure  Introduction to Independence Hall A Georgian style building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Independence Hall has a relatively modest appearance considering its historical significance.  Two historic documents, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, were signed in Independence Hall.  Both documents helped to define and shape the concepts of democracy and freedom …

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Statue of Liberty 

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Secular Structure Introduction to the Statue of Liberty An iconic American landmark, the Statue of Liberty stands at the entrance to the New York Harbor and, for decades, has been a sign of welcome to immigrants entering the United States. It is known world-wide as a symbol of freedom and liberty. This impressive structure is comprised …

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Taos Pueblo

Country: United States | Type: Cultural | Theme: Archaeological, Pre-Columbian Introduction to Taos Pueblo Pueblo de Taos is located in a small valley near the Rio Grande.  This area consists of an adobe settlement that includes many dwellings and ceremonial structures from the Pueblo Indians.  It is highly representative of the culture of these people.  The two structures at Pueblo de Taos, Hlauuma …

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Yellowstone National Park

Country: United States | Type: Natural | Theme: Natural Landscape, Plant Life, Wildlife  Introduction to Yellowstone National Park Located in western North America, Yellowstone National Park has an impressive array of natural features, including lava formations, waterfalls, and hot springs.  It is home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers, containing more than 300—this is about two thirds of all the geysers on the …

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Dinosaur Provincial Park

Country: Canada | Type: Natural | Theme: Geology, Paleontology  Introduction to Dinosaur Provincial Park Dinosaur Provincial Park, located in Alberta, contains some of the most important fossil discoveries from the Age of Dinosaurs. Fossils discovered here include some 35 species, some of which date back as far as 75 million years. More than 150 complete skeletons from this area now are harbored in …

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