Our Shared Geoheritage
October 9 - 15, 2016
Geoheritage, or Geologic Heritage, refers to our rich history rooted in diverse geologic features and landforms. Geoheritage sites are those with with "significant scientific, educational, cultural, or aesthetic value." (GSA)
Geoheritage at Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park can be considered a geoheritage site in South Carolina. The forests and biodiversity within the Congaree River floodplain are related to many geologic processes. Over 2-million years of fluvial (i.e. rivers, streams, and waterways) processes have resulted in the intricate landscape we can see today.
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We use technology like LiDAR-based elevation models to visualize the detailed geomorphology of the floodplain. Compare the elevation model to the imagery to see how the vegetation is affected by different landscape features.
Geologic and Geomorphic Map of the Congaree River Floodplain
PDF of map and legend.
Map citation: Geologic and Geomorphic Elements of the Lower Congaree River Floodplain, Central South Carolina (2007) by David C. Shelley and Aurthur D. Cohen, (2 plates)