Devils Garden, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec

Metate Arch is sculpted by weathering and differential erosion of two sandstone layers along the contact of the Gunsight Butte and overlying Cannonville Members of the Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone. The arch is about 17 miles southeast of Escalante, just east of the Straight Cliffs.

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Stevie Emerson

The Fremont River cuts through the Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County.

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Jim Kirkland, our Utah State Paleontologist, is interviewed on the KPCW Park City NPR radio science show, Cool Science Radio. Check it out! His interview begins in the second half of the interview at 27 minutes, but give the whole thing a listen. Enjoy!


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What in the world is a gooseneck? When it comes to describing a landform, fowl play (pun intended) may seem apparent. Even when you are standing in front of one, the answer is not obvious. Not until you get a look from above does this name start to make sense.


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The gargantuan awe-inspiring landslide at Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon mine last April was so stunning, the “firsts” and “mosts” it accomplished are something wild to ponder.



Read further at The Salt Lake Tribune with this article—
“Kennecott landslide so big it triggered earthquakes

Accelerating to speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, April’s massive landslide in Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon mine actually triggered earthquakes, the first time that is known to have occurred.


Green River, San Rafael Desert, Emery County, Utah
Photographer: Tom Chidsey

An ancient, meandering river channel composed of resistant sandstone in the Cedar Mountain Formation now stands 100 feet higher than the surrounding, less resistant siltstone and shale landscape southwest of Green River, San Rafael Desert, Emery County.

White River, southeastern Uintah County, Utah
Photographer: Robert Ressetar

The White River carved this amphitheater in the flat-lying and remarkably parallel rock layers that were deposited in a Tertiary-age lake on the south flank of the Uinta Mountains.

Wah Wah Mountains, Millard County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen

Nearly 1,000 feet of the Tunnel Spring Tuff, erupted from a nearby caldera about 35 million years ago, makes up Crystal Peak in the Wah Wah Mountains, Millard County.