Deseret Peak Wilderness Area, Stansbury Mountains, Tooele County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen

Deseret Peak, the highest point (11,031 feet) in the Stansbury Mountains, towers over wildflower-covered slopes in upper South Willow Canyon. Deseret Peak is composed of Cambrian-age Tintic Quartzite sculpted by glacial ice during the last Ice Age.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Kane County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen

Eroded through the Navajo Sandstone, Coyote Natural Bridge is in Coyote Gulch, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Kane County

Rainbow Bridge National Monument, San Juan County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec

Rainbow Bridge, carved through Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, is one of the largest natural bridges in the world. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, San Juan County.

Health agencies have joined forces to promote action against the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.


Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Kent Brown

Arches in the making (alcoves) in massive cliffs of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, near Moab, Grand County.


Adam McKean, one of our Geologists here at the Utah Geological Survey, is featured as a guest author on the blog The Traveling Geologist. Check it out!

Urban geologic mapping may sound like a mapping geologist’s nightmare with all the private property, disturbed land, and development rapidly covering up the geology. Despite these difficulties, my experience with it has been exciting and challenging. Why map geology in and near the city? The simple answer is that urban areas need surficial geologic maps to aid in geologic-hazard identification and mitigation. Additionally, a good geologic map provides the basic geologic information needed for further geologic, groundwater, geotechnical, and engineering investigations.


Here is the first post for “Spot the Rock.” It is a mysterious place where hissing and bubbling ground can be found. Be sure to turn up your volume to listen to it boil and toil. Can you spot this rock? Tell us where you think it is! The location will be revealed next week.

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Hey geo friends! Today we kick off an exciting new feature—”Spot the Rock”. Check out this press release for more info, and stay tuned for the inaugural post of “Spot the Rock” later today!
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The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) kicks off a new way to familiarize yourself with the state. It is called “Spot the Rock” and it is a way to show off Utah’s spectacular geologically themed sights.

Peter Makovicky introduces us to Siats meekerorum, a new species of dinosaur discovered and described by him and Lindsay Zanno!
Watch the YouTube video HERE

For more information, read their paper HERE
and THIS RELEASE from The Field Museum