Human-caused quakes a big problem, but not in Utah yet

While geologists warn that human-caused earthquakes have become a real problem in some places, the greatest risk in Utah is still a natural quake along the Wasatch Front.


New Maps Show Quake Hazards From Mining

The U.S. Geological Survey usually excludes earthquakes caused by mining in its periodic hazard maps. But, on Monday, the federal agency published a new analysis of hotspots in the central and eastern parts of the country where mining is likely to cause enough ground-shaking to damage buildings sometime this year.


Water Conservancy District plans for the future

With wells at Quichapa Lake having dropped approximately 75 feet since 1990, officials in Cedar City and Central Iron County Water Conservancy District are planning for additional water resources they can develop in the near future with the hopes of taking stress off the aquifer that geologists insist is being over-mined.


BLM again denies prospecting near Donner Party's trail

The Bureau of Land Management has rejected an effort by a mining company to resurrect a controversial project in a pristine chunk of unforgiving desert 20 miles north of Wendover.


Utah Gemstones and Gemstone Mining

Red beryl is one of the world’s rarest gemstones. It is found in a few locations in the Thomas Range and the Wah Wah Mountains of Utah, it is also found in the Black Range of New Mexico. The crystals are generally small, often too small to facet. High quality rough that is large enough to facet can produce finished stones that sell for as much as $2,000 per carat.


Utah’s oldest coal mine aims to expand into an uncertain future

After two years of “supplemental” study, the U.S. Forest Service has issued a new environmental review of a proposed coal lease that could keep Utah’s oldest and most productive mine operating for an additional nine years.


Survey Notes volume 46 number 1

Current Issue Contents:

  • Microbial Carbonate Reservoirs and the Utah Geological Survey’s “Invasion” of London
  • Utah Still Supplying Gilsonite to the World After 125 Years
  • Frack Sand in Utah?
  • Energy News
  • GeoSights: St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson’s Farm, Washington County
  • Glad You Asked: How can sedimentary rocks tell you about Utah’s history?
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