The third annual Iron County Emergency Preparedness Expo will focus its efforts on teaching children how to handle disasters as it provides information regarding various emergencies to the entire community at Cedar High School on Saturday.


A stunning Utah view.

Antelope Island & Farmington Bay, Great Salt Lake, Davis County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec; © 2012

The two dramatic landslides of the last few weeks in the USA has undoubtedly raised the profile of this natural hazard.  The Oso landslide in Washington State remains high on the news agenda, and was even visited by the President earlier this week.  Meanwhile, the fascinating East Gros Ventre Butte landslide in Jackson Hole continues to creep, with devastating impacts on the family who owned the house at the crest of the slide.


Antelope Island State Park, Davis County, Utah
Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2012

Storm clouds clear over Bridger Bay and Antelope Island, the largest island in Great Salt Lake. Much of the island, including Stringham Peak (left background; elevation 6,345 feet), is made up of Precambrian-age rocks that are some of the oldest rocks in Utah (600 million to 2.5 billion years old).

In all of Earth’s history, which species of mammal survived for the longest time?


Wasatch Range, Weber County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec; © 2012

Snow Basin on the east side of the Wasatch Range, Weber County.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dixie National Forest, Iron County, Utah
Photographer: Robert F. Biek; © 2012

Hancock Peak (elevation 10,598 feet) is one of many cinder cones that dot the Markagunt Plateau east of Cedar City. Engelmann spruce trees, many of which were killed by spruce bark beetles, and colorful quaking aspen blanket the cinder cone and associated lava flow, which are estimated to be about 600,000 years old.

The most well-traveled tooth? One dinosaur tooth’s journey to modern day—a fun read.

Last summer, while spending a day with paleontologist Joe Peterson and his crew at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, I was lucky enough to find a dinosaur tooth. The shiny fossil had once fit into the mouth of a beaky herbivore called Camptosaurus, and, 150 million years later, was nothing more than an isolated crown. The tooth either broke off as the dinosaur fed, or snapped off the root sometime after the animal’s death.


Residents living within high rock-fall-hazard zones in Rockville, Utah, face the possible consequences of a large rock fall similar to the fatal event that occurred last December.


We’ve got another Google Maps edition of “Spot the Rock” for you geo friends this week. Each of these photos are from the same location, but at different zoom levels. Can you guess where this is??

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