The prestigious 2013 Crawford Award was presented to UGS geologists Rich Giraud and Greg McDonald in recognition for their combined work on the outstanding geologic publication Landslide Inventory Map of the Twelvemile Canyon, Sanpete County, Utah (UGS Map 247DM). The publication includes a 1:24,000-scale landslide inventory map and geodatabase for Twelvemile Canyon, east of Mayfield, Utah.  The map covers 59 square miles on the west side of the Wasatch Plateau.  The purpose of the map and database is to show landslide deposits and their characteristics to provide information for managing landslide problems.

The Crawford Award recognizes outstanding achievement, accomplish­ments, or contributions by a current UGS scientist to the understanding of some aspect of Utah geology or Earth science. The award is named in honor of Arthur L. Crawford, first director of the UGS.

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It’s been a month since a massive rock slide sent boulders the size of trucks tumbling into and across Jones Hole Creek, and a thick layer of cream-colored sandstone dust still coats every surface.





Trilobite, House Range, Millard County, Utah
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg

Cambrian-age shales from western Utah’s House Range contain millions of fossilized trilobites, such as this specimen of Elrathia kingi.

Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: Jason Berry

Thousands of years of precipitation, wind, and glacial erosion have sculpted the east face of the Mount Timpanogos massif. The steep cliffs and snow-covered ledges of the Oquirrh Formation exposed on Roberts Horn (10,953 feet) are reminiscent of the Canadian Rockies.

San Rafael Reef, Emery County, Utah
Photographer: Tom Chidsey

The steeply dipping east flank of the San Rafael Swell is part of a large fold that formed in Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary time.

by Steve D. Bowman and William R. Lund

This compilation includes 20 reports pertaining to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)-funded National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) paleoseismic investigations conducted between 1978 and 2012, one report that predates the NEHRP program, and 36 annual to semi-annual Summaries of Technical Reports authored by funded NEHRP investigators. These reports contain information on some of the first paleoseismic investigations conducted on the Wasatch fault zone. Original authors made few copies of these reports, and many are very difficult to locate. This publication makes these otherwise hard-to-find legacy reports easily accessible to scientists, government policy makers, and the general public.

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Residents and agencies are racing to fight debris and water flow caused by an unusually wet “monsoon season” in Utah that has caused slides and the threat of slides from Huntington to Alpine and across the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake City averages 0.61 inches of rain in July, according to National Weather Service readings taken at Salt Lake airport. As of July 17, readings there totaled 1.15 inches and the month has weeks to go.


Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Weber County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec

Prominent cliffs of gently dipping Mississippian-age Deseret (upper) and Gardison (lower) Limestone are exposed along the walls of Ogden Canyon. These strata are part of a thrust sheet emplaced during the Sevier orogeny, a regional mountain-building event that affected much of western Utah between about 140 and 50 million years ago.

For the third time in five years, a Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument employee was honored by having a newly discovered dinosaur named for them.

The British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society announced Wednesday that a new species of horned dinosaur unearthed at the monument is called Nasutoceratops titusi.