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Earthquake rattles south-central Utah, one of many in the last 2 weeks

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ST. GEORGE — An earthquake rattled Wayne County Tuesday.

The temblor, measuring 3.5 magnitude, was centered about 2.5 miles west northwest of Loa and occurred at 2:26 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported.

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POTD February 08, 2018: San Rafael Desert, Wayne County

San Rafael Desert, Wayne County
Photographer: Nathan Payne © 2018

Eolian ripples and dunes composed of sand weathered from Jurassic-age Carmel Formation and Entrada Sandstone provide a sharp contrast to the snowy peaks of the Oligocene-age Henry Mountains laccolith on the horizon.

POTD August 02, 2017: Blue Hills Overlook, Wayne County

Blue Hills Overlook, Wayne County
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman © 2017
Early morning light spotlights a mesa in a typical badland landscape composed of easily eroded shaly siltstone and mudstone of the Tununk Shale Member of the Cretaceous-age Mancos Shale. The Ferron Sandstone, also a member of the Mancos Shale, is in the foreground.

POTD July 26, 2017

Notom Badlands Wayne County.
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman © 2017

POTD May 30, 2017: Caineville Badlands, Wayne County

Caineville Badlands, Wayne County
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman © 2017
The view from North Caineville Mesa reveals convoluted patterns eroded into the Blue Gate Member of the Cretaceous-age Mancos Shale. The reddish deposits are remnants of a landslide sourced from the Emery Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale.

Field Review: Torrey 7.5’ Quadrangle , Wayne County, Utah

Check out our latest geologic mapping field review of the Torrey 7.5’ Quadrangle, Wayne County, Utah. The review is open to the public, and will be held April 1, 2016. Find more info HERE.

Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock. Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

POTD March 8, 2016: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Wishing our Tuesday was spent out there! The weather just gets nicer and nicer by the day. What Utah places do you want to explore this year?

POTD 3-8-16 Capitol Reef National Park, WAyne County

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock.

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away. Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

POTD February 12, 2016: Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

POTD 2-9-16 Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away.

Chocolate Drops, Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

POTD September 29, 2015: Chocolate Drops, Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Fall is upon us and October is just around the corner. If there were a Pumpkin Spice Geology, maybe it would look a little like this photo. What do you think? We’re in the Fall spirit here at the UGS!

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Chocolate Drops, Maze District of Canyonlands National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

Erosion pockets in Wingate Sandstone, Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County. Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2014

POTD August 28, 2015: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Another weekend already?? Well we’re not complaining! Who’s got plans to get out into Utah geology this weekend?

8-28-15 POTD Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean

Erosion pockets in Wingate Sandstone, Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County.