Welcome to the Meghalayan Age – a new phase in history

Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct age in the story of our planet.


POTD June 21, 2018

San Rafael Swell, Emery County
Photographer: Andy Cvar © 2018
Reduced and oxidized mudstone of the Triassic-age Chinle Formation.

Petrified Dunes offer short hike with great views, opportunities for exploring

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK — If you’re looking to get off the trail and explore the treasures of Snow Canyon State Park, the Petrified Dunes hike is the place to go.


Our Geological Wonderland: A trip through the Virgin River Gorge

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, approximately 23,000 vehicles travel through the impressive scenery of the Virgin River Gorge on Interstate 15 daily. Located in the northwestern corner of Arizona, the Virgin River Gorge can be considered with a modest dose of imagination to be a geological example of the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland.” With even a passing interest, it becomes evident that there are major changes in the geography and geology from one end to the other. These changes are due to the fact that hiding in plain sight within the gorge is a major geologic province boundary. This boundary separates the Colorado Plateau Province on the east from the Basin and Range Province on the west (Figure 1). Significant differences geographic and geologic features are a result of differences in the geologic history and the geologic processes that are operating below the surface of these two provinces. Exposed rocks visible in the gorge, however, provide “forensic” evidence for what is happening.


Yellowstone Steamboat Geyser erupts for 4th time in 7 weeks

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The world’s largest active geyser has erupted four times in the last seven weeks, a spate of activity that has geophysicists excited about the Yellowstone National Park water feature.


The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmos

At the age of 57, geologist Ursula Marvin traveled to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites, the first woman to ever do so.

Spiral Jetty: An artist’s giant, lonely, eerie canvas

If you ever take the long journey to visit what is arguably Utah’s most famous artwork, there are a few things it might be useful to take along for the ride:

An art historian to explain it.

A couple of city dwellers who have never seen it before.

A college student who heard about it in his humanities class.

And a camera-equipped drone to fly overhead.




The Great Salt Lake’s Spiral Jetty is a symbol of Utah’s magnificent history

SALT LAKE CITY — Nestled amid the rocky shores of the Great Salt Lake’s Rozel Point, the Spiral Jetty is more than simply artwork; it’s a testament to the seemingly infinite wonders of nature.


Rainbow Bridge earns national recognition for Native American cultural significance

SALT LAKE CITY — Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell, which for centuries has inspired stories of origin, ceremonial rites and pilgrimages for multiple tribes, has been designated by the National Park Service as a “traditional cultural property” — the first in Utah.