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Survey Notes September 2018

The latest issue of Survey Notes is now available!

Learn more about the mysteries of the Uinta Mountains and the ancient volcanoes of the Central Wasatch Range.

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POTD May 16, 2017: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range

Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range
Photographer: Michael Vanden Berg © 2017
Alpine wildflowers color the slopes of Albion Basin at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The 11,000-foot-high peaks of the central Wasatch Range owe their height to vertical movement on the Wasatch fault over the past 15 million years.

 

POTD March 14, 2017: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range
Photographer: Mike Hylland © 2017

The waters of Lake Blanche reflect Sundial Peak, composed of quartzite of the Big Cottonwood Formation. Rocks in this basin, which formed from sediment that accumulated along a continental margin 900 million years ago, preserve striations (parallel scratches and grooves) that record the down-valley flow of Ice Age glaciers.

Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir and glacially sculpted Bells Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County. Bells Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah Photographer: Jim Davis; © 2015

POTD May 2, 2016: Bells Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

POTD 4-26-16 Bells Canyon Salt Lake County

Bells Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Jim Davis; © 2015

Lower Bells Canyon Reservoir and glacially sculpted Bells Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County.

Glacially scoured and polished quartzite of the Precambrian-age Big Cottonwood Formation near Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County. Photo by Adam Hiscock, UGS.

POTD March 29, 2016: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

I know there’s snow up in the Wasatch today, but the valley sure feels as nice as this photo!

POTD 3-29-16 Glacier Wasatch

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2015

Glacially scoured and polished quartzite of the Precambrian-age Big Cottonwood Formation near Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County.

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

POTD March 2, 2016: Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah

POTD 3-1-16 Wasatch Goshen Valley

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

Lower Red Pine Lake occupies part of a cirque basin below White Baldy (11,321 feet). Pleistocene glaciers carved the Tertiary-age granitic bedrock of the Little Cottonwood Stock into a variety of alpine landforms including cirques, arêtes, and horns. Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah Photographer: Taylor Boden; © 2015

POTD February 23, 2016: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

POTD 2-23-16 Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range

Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Taylor Boden; © 2015

Lower Red Pine Lake occupies part of a cirque basin below White Baldy (11,321 feet). Pleistocene glaciers carved the Tertiary-age granitic bedrock of the Little Cottonwood Stock into a variety of alpine landforms including cirques, arêtes, and horns.

Stewart Falls and the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County. Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

POTD February 2, 2016: Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! This photo feels as warm as Milltown Mel’s early spring prediction (compared to this morning in Salt Lake at least, brr!). What’s everyone hoping for?

POTD 2-2-16 Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

Stewart Falls and the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County.

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!

POTD 1-19-16 Big Cottonwood Canyon

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