Tag Archive for: LiDAR

OFR-638 Insert, Open File Repot, Honeyville Quadrangle

By: Kimm N. Harty and Adam P. Mckean

This 1:24,000-scale surface fault rupture map of the Honeyville quadrangle shows potentially active faults and special-study areas for the Brigham City and Collinston segments of the Wasatch fault zone mapped using primarily 0.5-meter digital LiDAR data acquired in 2013 and 2014. Fault traces were also mapped using black and white stereographic and oblique aerial photographs and previous published sources for the Wasatch fault zone and parts of the West Cache fault zone contained on the Honeyville quadrangle.



LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, uses lasers to create intricate three-dimensional maps in places where bad weather or thick vegetation hampered traditional aerial mapping. Though the technology itself isn’t new, it’s about to become more widespread: The 3D Elevation Program, a billion-dollar initiative launched this summer by the U.S. Geological Survey and numerous partners, seeks to remap the country using LIDAR — and make the maps public. “There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how creative people can use this technology,” says Kevin Gallagher, associate director for USGS Core Science Systems. “It’s like looking at the world through a new pair of glasses.”


A couple of our geologists, Gregg Beukelman and Adam McKean, talk about new knowledge of fault lines west of Salt Lake International Airport thanks to advances in technology. Read more about it!


Geologist Adam McKean said experts knew there were some faults in the earth west of the Salt Lake International Airport.



Scientists from Brigham Young University and Dinosaur National Monument have teamed up to map the famous “wall of bones,” a sandstone slab containing more than a thousand dinosaur fossils.