Utah’s fossil record is dino-mite!

Reporters Leia Larsen and Benjamin Zack sat down with James Kirkland to find out what Utah looked like 100 million years ago and learn about the discovery boom happening right now.



James Kirkland, the state paleontologist with the Utah Geological Survey, goes through the bones of a Mierasaurus on Nov. 21, 2017, at his lab in Salt Lake City. The fossils were recently found in Southern Utah and belong to a species of dinosaur that was previously thought to only live in what is now Europe.

Uniquely Utah: State employees compete to fill calendar with beautiful shots


Employees with the Utah Department of Natural Resources work in every corner of the state, and every year they submit photos in the hope of being featured in an annual calendar.

Check out this week’s edition of Uniquely Utah:



Living Rock from the Great Salt Lake, Now in our Permanent Exhibits


In June of 2016, we added a new, living exhibit in the Great Salt Lake Gallery on the third floor of the museum. At first glance, the three stone-looking bumps in a tank aren’t as impressive as the Cretaceous monsters looming in the background. But their humble appearance masks what might be the most awesome creature on display: these lumpy guys are one of the oldest forms of life on Earth.

Utah aglow with new solar developments, rooftop systems

Did you see our 2016 Utah’s Energy Landscape is out? Read this feature on the new pub, and find the publication HERE.


Utah, identified four years ago by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of six states in the country with prime solar potential, is riding a boom of new utility-scale developments harnessing the energy of the sun.


Energy Success Stories: Discovering Utah’s Geothermal Potential

The Utah FORGE team collaborated with the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development to produce this video short highlighting Utah’s vast geothermal potential.

Check out the Utah FORGE Facebook to follow updates on the projects!

City seeks grant to stabilize blue clay slide area, purchase homes for demolition


City officials are anxiously waiting to find out if they will receive a $1.6 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to purchase properties and stabilize a hillside that has destroyed homes and is threatening others.


Utah Geologists win national award


The Utah Geological Survey recently garnered a 2016 National Award for Excellence from the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Board of Directors in partnership with the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW).


Low water in Great Salt Lake reveals ‘rocks that are alive’

We hope you all had a great and safe Thanksgiving! Who ate so much turkey that they feel like a turkey? I think I do. Here’s a little something to help you kickstart after a long, holiday weekend—
A couple of our geologists here at the UGS helped a team of researchers collect microbialites from Great Salt Lake for the Natural History Museum of Utah. Read more about these living rocks in this great write up.


As Utah’s Great Salt Lake continues to drop during recent years of drought, something strange and wonderful is coming into focus in the shallows and exposed lake bed.


Road Tripping through the Geothermal Frontier

UGS scientists are part of an exciting research team led by the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah that will study new techniques for harnessing the Earth’s heat to generate electrical power. Our team will evaluate the establishment of an enhanced underground geothermal project about 10 miles north of Milford, Beaver County. The research is one of five proposals currently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Check it out —

Link to the article HERE

It is now up on the EERE Facebook page HERE

Geology calendar highlights ‘must-see’ Utah places

Another highlight on the 2016 Calendar of Utah Geology—get yours in time before they’re all gone!

Get them in store at the Utah Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, or online HERE.


Some of Utah’s most spectacular displays of geography are once again being showcased in the annual calendar compiled by staff members of the Utah Geological Survey.