Welcome to Utah Geology

At some point in the future we hope "UtahGeology.com" will be an unmatched source for geologic information for Utah and the Colorado Plateau (we hope it is already well on its way). The plan for this site is to be a user-friendly database containing in-depth data and geologic information covering the sections mentioned below.

The inspiration for this site is, of course, the beauty and unsurpassed geologic exposures of Utah and the Colorado Plateau. Inasmuch as Mother Nature has seen fit to reveal herself and her geologic past in this area, this site tries to compliment the incredible geologic exposures of the Colorado Plateau by supplying a database of pictures and information which will aid those seeking to understand its unique geology.

Geologic History:
Colorado Plateau Paleo-geographic Reconstructions
This section will be/is similar to the work that Ron Blakey is doing at Northern Arizona State University. It will contain recreated paleogeography for Utah and the Colorado Plateau. The maps we are currently creating will be done with vector graphics instead of rasters, allowing them to be integrated into GIS applications. They will also be integrated with our stratigraphic column database, allowing users to access the DATA used to create the historic interpretations. ...read overview

Geologic Formations:
Detailed Pictures & Descriptions of Utah's Formations
This section contains informative pages on each of the individual geologic formations of Utah and Colorado Plateau. The formation description pages are also linked to the image gallery, so users can see pictures of each formation and their changes in facies....read overview

Road Guides:
Geologic Road Guides for Utah's Highways
This section contains detailed road guides for the state much like the popular "Roadside Geology" books. However, in the future these road guides will be able to have many more pictures and interactive elements than similar printed literature and will be fully integrated with the image gallery. ...read overview
Strat Columns:
Stratigraphic Sections for Utah Areas
Much like those found many geologic guidebooks, this section has/will have stratigraphic columns from all over the state of Utah and Colorado Plateau. The columns will be dynamically created from a MySQL database allowing us to use the stratigraphic information to create other dynamic online resources such as isopach/layer thickness maps, statewide formation maps and formation name correlation charts. ...read overview

Geologic Hazards Affecting Utah's Population
This section contains informative presentations on Utah's geologic hazards. The information will be geared toward educating the public on hazards that can affect property and life. The pages will be mostly be pictures & short excerpts illustrating hazards of which potential home-owners, developers, and land buyers should be aware. ...read overview

Geo Imagery:
Annotated Geologic Aerial Photographs
This section contains/will contain aerial photos of the state and the Colorado Plateau, each with all geologic formations annotated or labeled for easy identification. ...read overview