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Open-File Report 02-172

Field Guide to Geologic Excursions in Southwestern Utah and Adjacent Areas of Arizona and Nevada

Edited by William R. Lund

Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (90 MB)Preface

This field guide contains road logs for field trips planned in conjunction with the 2002 Rocky Mountain Section meeting of the Geological Society of America held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. There are a total of eight field trips, covering various locations and topics in southwestern Utah and adjacent areas of Arizona and Nevada. In addition, the field guide contains a road log for a set of Geological Engineering Field Camp Exercises run annually by the University of Missouri at Rolla in and around Cedar City.

Two of the field trips address structural aspects of the geology in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona; two trips deal with ground water in the region; and along with the Field Camp Exercises, one trip, to the Grand Staircase, is designed specifically for educators. The remaining trips examine the volcanology and mineral resources of a large area in and around the Tusher Mountains in Utah; marine and brackish water strata in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; and the Pine Valley Mountains, which are cored by what may be the largest known laccolith in the world. The "Three Corners" area of Utah, Arizona, and Nevada is home to truly world-class geology, and I am confident that all of the 2002 Rocky Mountain Section meeting attendees will find a field trip suited to their interests.

First posted May 29, 2002

  • Chapter 1 PDF (7.2 MB)
    Structural Development and Paleoseismicity of the Hurricane Fault, Southwestern Utah and Northwestern Arizona
  • Chapter 2 PDF (1.9 MB)
    Influence of Proterozoic and Laramide Structures on the Miocene Extensional Strain Field, North Virgin Mountains, Nevada/Arizona
  • Chapter 5 PDF (5.6 MB)
    Upper Cretaceous Marine and Brackish Water Strata at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
  • Chapter 6 PDF (1.4 MB)
    The Geology of the Grand Staircase in Southern Utah: A Road Log and Guide for Public School Teachers
  • Chapter 7 PDF (65.3 MB)
    Associated Miocene Laccoliths, Gravity Slides, and Volcanic Rocks, Pine Valley Mountains and Iron Axis Region, Southwestern Utah
  • Chapter 8 PDF (1.5 MB)
    Hydrology and Ground-Water Conditions of the Tertiary Muddy Creed Formation in the Lower Virgin River Basin of Southeastern Nevada and Adjacent Arizona and Utah

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Suggested citation:

Edited by Lund, William R., 2002, Field Guide to Geologic Excursions in Southwestern Utah and Adjacent Areas of Arizona and Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-172, 331 pp.,

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