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.


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

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.


We just love Earth Science Week, as do the students that come participate in our UGS activities. Here is a wonderful write up on Kearns-Saint Ann School Earth Science Week outing at the UGS a few weeks ago.


The 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-graders from Kearns-Saint Ann School recently took a field trip to the Utah Geological Survey Core Research Center to celebrate Earth Science Week.


Check out the Natural History Museum of Utah’s behind the scenes weekend in pictures. This gallery features an adventure to Great Salt Lake where researchers—including one of our geologists, Tom Chidsey and Michael Vanden Berg—pulled up microbialites for display at the museum.


Great Salt Lake’s North Arm is a little salty, even for Great Salt Lake. The Union Pacific railroad causeway is a factor in the build-up of salt crust in the north arm. The Railroad will be starting a bridge-building project to replace a part of the causeway, mitigating some of the water flow issues. Two of our geologists here at the UGS talk about the salt build up and how it’s affected the North Arm.


One of the strangest and most striking places in Utah — an enormous oddity that scientists say was created accidentally by human engineering — is getting a bit of a remodeling job.


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.

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.


A sad passing in the Geology community— Don Mabey was the Utah Geological Survey Deputy Director from 1982–1986.

Read his obituary HERE.


On Sept. 28, the Utah Department of Natural Resources celebrated the opening of its new Southwest Regional Complex in Cedar City.