Entries by Utah Geological Survey

25th Anniversary Celebration of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC)

A leading source of information on earthquake safety, the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) is celebrating 25 years of outreach to reduce Utah’s earthquake hazards and manage earthquake risk. The USSC promotes legislation, education, and awareness in order to save lives, prevent injuries, protect property, and reduce social and economic disruption from the effects of […]


Photo of the Day (POTD): July 3, 2019

Vibrant orange sand contrasts with sculpted Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone within a large wind-eroded pothole informally referred to as the Cosmic Navel and more scientifically as the Inselberg Pit. The feature is the largest known cylindrical sandstone weathering pit on Earth. Escalante National Monument, Garfield County. Photo by Michael Vanden Berg.


Photo of the Day (POTD): June 5, 2019

Henry’s Fork, High Uintas Wilderness, Summit County, Utah. Photo by Christian Hardwick. Morning sun casts light on the reddish-brown and grayish-red sandstone, shale, and siltstone of the Precambrian-age formation of Red Castle in the Uinta Mountain Group. Ice-age glaciers carved the broad valleys and basins of the Uinta Mountains.


Photo of the Day (POTD): May 1, 2019

Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah. Photo by Marshall Robinson. Beautiful hanging gardens decorate an alcove in Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone along the Riverside Walk trail at the mouth of The Narrows in Zion National Park. Rainwater seeps down through porous sandstone until it flows laterally along a less-porous rock layer, ultimately trickling out of the canyon […]