The annual Earth Science Week celebration at the UGS this October was a success in large part due to a record number of volunteers.  Fifty-one outside volunteers, from institutions and organizations such as The University of Utah, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, NOAA, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Rockhounders Outreach for Community Knowledge, Association for Women Geoscientists, Utah Geological Association, and Utah Friends of Paleontology, joined the UGS to educate Utah’s youth through hands-on Earth science activities. We deeply appreciate the volunteer’s contributions! More than 700 elementary school students participated in this year’s Earth Science Week.

Rick Allis Earth Science Week Mineral Testing

Utah Geological Survey Director, Rick Allis, teaches students about Mineral Testing.

Anthony and Traci Lujan, along with their son Anthony Jr. love to go rock hounding. They say Utah is a mecca when it comes to rock hounding. Two of their favorite places to go rock hounding are Topaz Mountain and the Delta area. They make and sell quite a few different pieces featuring rocks that they have found in Utah. For more information, gohere.


Find supplies and books at our Utah Natural Resources Map & Bookstore HERE!

An undergraduate University of Alberta paleontology student has discovered an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The discovery is shedding light on the convergent evolution of these dinosaurs with ostriches and emus relating to thermoregulation and is also tightening the linkages between dinosaurs and modern birds.


There’s never been a better time to be a dinosaur hunter — or, if you can’t get your boots out in the field, a fossil fan. Paleontologists are announcing a new species of dinosaur at the rate of about one every two weeks. But are we ever going to find them all?


The dinosaur scanned the rocky ground and scrubby trees around for something to eat. Standing about 15 feet tall and 20 feet long from nose to tail, the powerful Jurassic-age was a predator on the prowl. If no meat could be found, the giant beast had other options—a plentiful cafeteria in the form of a valley dotted with trees, shrubs, ferns and mosses.


A large rockfall recently closed state Route 9 in Zion National Park, prompting us to take a look back at the worst rockfalls and landslides in the park’s history.


Cane Creek anticline and the Colorado River, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Rebekah Stimpson; © 2015

A view to drink in over your lunch time daydream.

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Cane Creek anticline and the Colorado River, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Rebekah Stimpson; © 2015


The Natural History Museum of Utah is bringing dinosaur bones to life. Learn more about their new project!

Want to see a dinosaur face-to-face?


Does Cinderella’s fossilized slipper fit the Allosaurus? Read more about one argument as to who made the dino tracks at Copper Ridge near Moab.

One of my favorite roadside stops is down a dirt track off Utah’s state road 191. Provided you don’t miss the turnoff around mile marker 148.7, and the soil hasn’t turned to a sucking mire by rain, the rough road will lead you through the desert scrub to a little parking lot with a Bureau of Land Management signboard at the start of a short trail. It’s not far from there. Hike up onto the tan stone and you’ll soon find yourself standing among the footsteps left more than 150 million years before.


Another feature on our recently released 2016 Calendar of Utah Geology. If you haven’t looked yet, check it out!

The Utah Geological Survey, which provides timely scientific information about Utah’s geologic environment, resources, and hazards, released its 2016 calendar of Utah geology. The Utah Geological Survey 2016 calendar features some of Utah’s most rarely seen vistas as photographed by UGS staff as they travel the state researching and studying these geologic wonders.