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Landslide Inventory Map of The Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow Area, Sanpete County, Utah

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Landslide Inventory Map of The Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow Area, Sanpete County, Utah

By: Gregg S. Beukelman, Ben A. Erickson, and Richard E. Giraud

This map represents a landslide inventory of part of the Sixmile Canyon and North Hollow area, Sanpete County, Utah, at a scale of 1:24,000. The map covers 42 square miles on the west side of the Wasatch Plateau and includes parts of the Sixmile Creek and North Hollow-Twelvemile Creek Hydrologic Units. The map and accompanying geodatabase show and characterize landslides and provide information useful for managing landslide-related issues. Spatial and tabular data for each landslide are stored in the geodatabase and linked to the inventory map. Landslide information in the geodatabase includes: area, material type, movement type, landslide deposit name, landslide source name, movement activity, thickness, movement direction, approximate movement, dates, geologic unit(s) associated with landsliding, confidence in mapped boundaries, mapper, peer reviewer, and general comments. This CD contains geographic information system (GIS) files in ESRI file geodatabase and shapefile formats. Specialized GIS software is required to use the GIS files.


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POTD February 2, 2016: Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! This photo feels as warm as Milltown Mel’s early spring prediction (compared to this morning in Salt Lake at least, brr!). What’s everyone hoping for?

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Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

Stewart Falls and the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County.

Utah Geological Survey Releases New Interactive Fault Map


The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) has made the Utah Quaternary Fault and Fold Database available through a new interactive web application on the UGS website. This database contains information on faults and fault-related folds considered to be potential earthquake sources. The faults and folds in the database are considered to have been sources of large earthquakes (about magnitude 6.5 or greater) during the Quaternary geologic time period (past 2.6 million years); these geologic structures are the most likely sources of large earthquakes in the future. The Utah Quaternary Fault and Fold Database is the primary source of Utah data for the Quaternary Fault and Fold Database of the United States maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The interactive map’s user interface was built using ESRI’s JavaScript API. Several search options allow the user to locate a fault of interest, or specify a location to see if any Quaternary faults are nearby. Pop-up windows provide a brief summary of important information associated with the faults, as well as a link to detailed reports available through the USGS national database. Users can select from a variety of basemaps including topographic, shaded relief, and satellite imagery. A glossary explains terms used in the pop-up windows as well as terms used in the detailed reports that may be unfamiliar to non-geologists.

In addition to the UGS interactive map, the Utah Quaternary Fault and Fold Database exists as a fully attributed GIS feature class in the State Geographic Information Database, and can be downloaded from the AGRC at http://gis.utah.gov/data/geoscience/quaternary-faults.


DSU invites community to join Geology of the National Parks trip

We’re in the thick of winter, but it’s not too early to think about Spring Break. Looking for something fun and educational this year? Check out Dixie State University’s National Parks spring break offering. Students and community members are welcome, and must register by February 1. Find more information in the article below.


Dixie State University’s Physical Science Department is offering a national parks spring break trip to both students and community members, March 5-12, in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary.


2016 Calendar of Utah Geology on SUPER-SALE! Now just $1.00!

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The 2016 Calendar of Utah Geology has been reduced to just ONE DOLLAR! Get a calendar today to help plan tomorrows outdoor adventure. Not an outdoor person? Hang it up and adventure vicariously through all of the beautiful photos inside from the comfort of your own home. Buy them online or get them in our Salt Lake City Bookstore (1594 W North Temple, SLC, UT 84116).


Horned Dinosaurs May Have Used Their Frills to Flirt

Scientists continue to research the fancy head ware of a group of dinosaurs containing Triceratops. A new study argues that the large boney frills these dinosaurs carried atop their head may have been used to intimidate rivals and woo mates.


A new study suggest that relatives of Triceratops may have intimidated rivals and scored mates with their frilly headwear.


Paleontologists Discover Adorable Horned Dinosaur Baby


Dinosaur, roughly translated, means “terrible lizard.” The title works any way you look at it. Dinosaurs really were “terrible lizards” because they were about as unlizardlike as a reptile could possibly to be. Looking at it another way, the title encompasses the size, the teeth, and the apparent ferocity of our favorite dinosaurs. But it’s also a misleading moniker. Dinosaurs were not monsters. The non-avian species didn’t spend over 180 million years constantly stabbing, biting, and clawing each other. Tyrannosaurus was a terror and Stegosaurus was gnarly, yes, but there’s so much more to dinosaurs. For instance, some of them were downright cute.