View the state’s spectacular and diverse landscapes through the eyes of Utah Geological Survey (UGS) employees in the 2024 Calendar of Utah Geology.
Senior Geologist Adam McKean captured a spectacular photo of Red Pine Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake County for June. Red Pine Lake sits in a cirque carved by alpine glaciation between 29,000 and 13,000 years ago. This glacier sculpted 30.5-million-year-old granite, quartz monzonite and granodiorite that comprise much of the canyon.
Elisabeth Stimmel, a wetland technician with the Groundwater and Wetlands Program, took the September photo of Bell Canyon in the San Rafael Swell of Emery County. The well-developed honeycomb weathering is visible in the Navajo Sandstone walls. This distinctive weathering is often found in salt-rich environments where salt crystals form in rock pores, weakening the rock and eroding by wind and water.
In addition to stunning photos, the calendar includes a simplified geologic map reflecting the many geologic events from over 2.6 billion years that created the spectacular scenery of Utah’s red rock country, high alpine peaks and expansive basins and ranges.
The 2024 Calendar of Utah Geology is available now for $7.95. Calendars can be purchased online at utahmapstore.com or the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore at 1594 West North Temple in Salt Lake City.
The UGS provides timely scientific information about Utah’s geologic environment, resources, and hazards. Seven programs specializing in geological fields comprise the UGS: Data Management, Energy and Minerals, Geologic Hazards, Geologic Information and Outreach, Geologic Mapping, Groundwater and Wetlands, and Paleontology.
For more information, visit https://geology.utah.gov/2024-calendar-of-utah-geology.