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M-243DMSURFICIAL GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE SALT LAKE CITY SEGMENT AND PART OF ADJACENT SEGMENTS OF THE WASATCH FAULT ZONE, DAVIS, SALT LAKE, AND UTAH COUNTIES
(digitized from U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigation Series map I-2106, 1992)
Stephen F. Personius and William E. Scott

This map shows the surficial deposits and the faults that offset them along the Salt Lake City segment and adjacent parts of the Weber and Provo segments of the Wasatch fault zone in north-central Utah.  The map area includes the central and eastern parts of the Salt Lake Valley, including metropolitan Salt Lake City and its southern suburbs.  Although a major surface-faulting earthquake has not occurred on the Wasatch fault zone since the state was settled in 1847, the geologic record contains abundant evidence of large earthquakes during Holocene and late Pleistocene time.  The size, age, and distribution of fault scarps produced by these prehistoric earthquakes can be used to determine the most likely sites for future earthquakes, and are therefore the principal focus of the map.

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Glad You Asked—Glacial Striations and Slickensides

slickensidesWhat are those groovy rocks and how did they get that way?
Carole McCalla

On a hike around Lake Blanche below Sundial Peak in Big Cottonwood Canyon, a group of hikers came across long, straight, parallel grooves on a smooth, polished rock surface. Recalling another location where they had seen similar features at the foot of the mountains north of downtown Salt Lake City, they wondered if these markings were formed in the same way. Indeed, what exactly are they and how were they formed?

Although the smooth, grooved surfaces at these two locations are similar, they were actually formed in very different ways.

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