High in the hills above the city of Alpine in Utah County is a critical piece of equipment that could save lives should a sudden flood occur.



As President Obama makes his way to Oso, Wash., to tour the devastation from last month’s mudslide and meet with surviving victims and first responders, the disaster has brought renewed interest in early warning systems – which some suggest could have prevented many of the deaths.


The Windows Section, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2012

The Windows Section, Arches National Park, Grand County.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Sandstone Mountain, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Washington County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2012

Shifting sands partially bury an unusually large (about 1 foot in diameter) spherical hematite concretion that has eroded from the nearby Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone. The concretion’s dark concentric bands formed when iron-oxide minerals precipitated out of groundwater that flowed through the sandstone.

An exciting spotlight on some of Utah’s finest dino-country featuring James Kirkland, Utah State Paleontologist.


If you know where to walk and what to look for, dinosaur bones are easy to find at Utah’s  Grand Staircase-Escalante Park. KSL’s John Hollenhorst reports.



National Geographic Features Utah’s Ancient Past

The ancient swamplands of southern Utah, known today as the arid Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the topic for “Digging Utah’s Dinosaurs” – a feature article in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine released this week.



Utah Is Becoming A Worldwide Dinosaur Destination

Just 75-million years ago modern-day Utah was a lush island landmass; paleontologists call this prehistoric region Laramidia.



White Hills, Sevier County, Utah
Photographer: Rich Emerson; © 2012

Jurassic-age Arapien Shale in the White Hills, Sevier County.

A deeper look at one of our recent “Spot the Rock” sights, Crystal Geyser.


One of Utah’s most unusual tourist attractions is dying.


We know that most of you probably know about Saturday’s earthquake near Tooele by now. Here are some more in depth articles on the event.
“This one just seemed to come all on its own. Just one event. It doesn’t really have too much to do with the likelihood of future earthquakes,” –Keith Koper


Seismologists at the University of Utah are calling Saturday night’s earthquake a “minor” event.


Experts, residents react to earthquake that shook Salt Lake Valley

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.2 earthquake just a few miles northeast of Tooele on Saturday night.


Who can “Spot the Rock” this week?

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UPDATE: Location Revealed
Last week’s “Spot the Rock” was another toughie, but we did have one correct guess. Gandy Warm Springs is located half a mile from the Nevada border at the southern base of Spring Mountain (Gandy Mountain) at the western edge of Snake Valley, Utah. Multiple springs come from the sides of the mountain and cascade into a constructed pool made of Cambrian limestone cobbles and boulders. The main spring at Gandy emerges from a cave (Beware Cave) below the soaking pool, discharging an enormous quantity of geothermal water (~81˚F), at nearly 9000 gallons per minute, which flows east as Warm Creek (Gandy Creek).

Great guesses, and keep an eye out for tomorrow’s next “Spot the Rock”!

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

Colorful volcanic sandstone and mudstone of the Brian Head Formation record initiation of volcanic activity in southwest Utah about 36 million years ago. Here, Eocene-age Brian Head deposits form rugged badlands at the south end of the Sevier Plateau.