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Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2015

POTD January 21, 2016: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

Another beautiful morning on the Wasatch Front with another weekend on the way. Big Cottonwood Canyon is looking a little more wintry these days!

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Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2015

While it is one of the oldest lakes in North America, Bear Lake is best known for its blue splendor. The water in Bear Lake is pristine, deep, and calcium-carbonate rich, giving it a blue appearance. Bear Lake, Rich County, Utah Photographer: Nikki Simon; © 2015

POTD January 12, 2016: Bear Lake, Rich County, Utah

Another Tuesday winds down. Enjoy this view of Bear Lake in your outdoor daydream for the day….just don’t let the Bear Lake Monster bite!

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Bear Lake, Rich County, Utah
Photographer: Nikki Simon; © 2015

While it is one of the oldest lakes in North America, Bear Lake is best known for its blue splendor. The water in Bear Lake is pristine, deep, and calcium-carbonate rich, giving it a blue appearance.

Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

The latest Survey Notes is here!

Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

Our latest issue of Survey Notes is here! Find articles on the new Ogden 30′ x 60′ geological map, the Markagunt Gravity Slide, and more among our regular feature columns.

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Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah Photographer: Don DeBlieux; © 2015

POTD January 7, 2016: Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah

We’re looking forward to 2016. What geology adventures will find you this year?

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Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Don DeBlieux; © 2015

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: James Kirkland; © 2015

POTD December 30, 2015: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Utah Geological Survey! We hope all of you have enjoyed a warm and safe holiday.

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Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: James Kirkland; © 2015

The Late Triassic-age Chinle Formation, marked at its base by the light-colored, gravelly Shinarump Conglomerate Member, overlies red beds of the Early Triassic Moenkopi Formation. Late Triassic rocks record dramatic drying of Utah’s landscape, as drab gray floodplain deposits in the lower Chinle give way to more oxidized, reddish sand dune deposits of the cliff-forming Wingate Sandstone.

Jessen Lake, Uinta Mountains, Summit County, Utah Photographer: Ken Krahulec; © 2015

POTD December 22, 2015: Jessen Lake, Uinta Mountains, Summit County, Utah

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Jessen Lake, Uinta Mountains, Summit County, Utah
Photographer: Ken Krahulec; © 2015

Overlook from Bryce Point of fiery hoodoos in the area below Liberty Castle. Bryce Canyon hoodoos are formed in the vertically fractured pink member of the Tertiary-age Claron Formation, primarily by frost wedging and summer cloudburst rainstorms. Bryce Canyon National Park, Garfield County, Utah Photographer: Kent Brown; © 2015

POTD December 15, 2015: Bryce Canyon National Park, Garfield County, Utah

Hoodoo you think you’re looking at, Bryce Canyon National Park?

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Kent Brown; © 2015

Overlook from Bryce Point of fiery hoodoos in the area below Liberty Castle. Bryce Canyon hoodoos are formed in the vertically fractured pink member of the Tertiary-age Claron Formation, primarily by frost wedging and summer cloudburst rainstorms.

Sid’s Mountain Wilderness Study Area, San Rafael Swell, Emery County, Utah Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2015

POTD December 10, 2015: Sid’s Mountain Wilderness Study Area, San Rafael Swell, Emery County, Utah

Utah geology views for days.

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Sid’s Mountain Wilderness Study Area, San Rafael Swell, Emery County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2015

As the Provo River plunges off the south side of the Uinta Mountains along the Mirror Lake Highway, it cascades over innumerable ledges of Precambrian-age Uinta Mountain Group sandstone. Provo Falls, Summit County, Utah Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

POTD December 1, 2015: Provo Falls, Summit County, Utah

Take this in over your outdoor daydream today.

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Provo Falls, Summit County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

As the Provo River plunges off the south side of the Uinta Mountains along the Mirror Lake Highway, it cascades over innumerable ledges of Precambrian-age Uinta Mountain Group sandstone.

Bluff of Entrada Sandstone at Bullfrog, Kane County, Utah Photographer: Grant Willis; © 2015

POTD November 25, 2015: Bluff of Entrada Sandstone at Bullfrog, Kane County, Utah

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving from the Utah Geological Survey!

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Bluff of Entrada Sandstone at Bullfrog, Kane County, Utah
Photographer: Grant Willis; © 2015