Since 1972 the “Roadside Geology” series has provided introductory information on the geology of states and small regions of the United States.
The books provide a combination of maps, travel logs, photos and commentary for the geology that can be seen along highways or visited at parks and public viewing areas. They are popular with geologists, teachers, students and others who are interested in the Earth.
ABC News has an article that looks at the status of the Bingham Canyon copper mine after a landslide has cut off production from the pit and will have the company excavating landslide debris instead of ore.
Dave Petley has a post about the massive landslide at the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine. Discussed are the landslide detection system used to predict the slide and the speculated financial impact of the slide.
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing supersized topo maps; large enough make a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) map that will look fantastic on the wall of your office, conference room, lobby, cabin or den. These maps are custom-centered on any location that you pick using their online map-making tool.
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Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
An article and video on the StGeorgeUtah.com website describes how a slow-moving landslide has caused problems for residents of the Gardens South Condominiums and the solution that they hope will stop the movement.
Petrified Forest National Park is the most famous location in the world for observing petrified wood. It is one of several government and private parks in the United States that feature petrified wood.
“A rainbow descends into the Great Basin after a spring storm. The Great Basin is the largest terminal basin in the U.S., located in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon.” Photo by Larry Crist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Discovery of a new type of geothermalenergy resource in Utah offers hope for significantly more potential across the western U.S., and a boost in geothermal power production. [...] Preliminary results show that near-surface temperature gradients in the basin vary from about 60 degree C/km to 100 degree C/km. This implies temperatures of 150 to 250 degree C at 3 – 4 km depth beneath the basin. An abandoned oil exploration well drilled near Pavant Butte in the central part of the basin in 1981 confirms these exceptionally high temperatures.” Quoted from the Utah Geological Survey press release.
Do you know where it is? The Utah Geological Survey’s Survey Notes includes an interesting article about the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lots of geological information, photographs and some trivial about auto racing and speed records.
A short report from the Utah Geological Survey will introduce you to the dynamic water chemistry of the Great Salt Lake. It explains how the salinity is a function of lake level and how two arms of the lake have independent salinity because they are separated by a railroad causeway built in 1959!
When you visit check out the interesting graph on Page 6.
“Helium is produced by the decay of uranium and thorium in granitoid basement rocks. The liberated helium is buoyant and moves towards the surface in porosity associated with basement faults. The helium then moves upwards through porous sedimentary cover until it is trapped with natural gas under beds of anhydrite or salt.” Quoted from the Geology.com article.
Travis Gibson tells about his experience working in the Student Career Experience Program with the USGS Utah Water Science Center and then taking a full time job as a hydrologic technician. Here’s a quote from Travis: ” I loved getting paid to ride in a helicopter and wade in streams in beautiful locations!”
Engineers initially thought that a landslide blocking state Route 14 in Utah would require a few weeks to repair. Now they realize that repairs will take several months. (Be sure to look at the large gallery of photos.)