All field trips begin and end at the Hampton Inn near Utah Valley University unless otherwise indicated.
- 1. Hot Springs of Utah Valley and the Wasatch Range.
Sun., 10 May, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Steven H. Emerman, Utah Valley University.
- This field trip includes visits to hot springs in Saratoga Springs, Diamond Fork Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, and Wasatch Mountain State Park. At Wasatch Mountain State Park, we will see 70-ft-thick deposits of calcareous tufa along with both flowing hot springs and hot pots, which are pools of hot water occupying craters on the tops of tufa mounds. We will discuss recent research on the arsenic cycle in hot springs and its implications for the use of hot springs as a source water for public swimming pools.
Cost: US$50. Max.: 25.
During the Meeting
- 2. Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Paleontology.
Mon., 11 May, 1-5 p.m.
Brooks Britt, Brigham Young University; Rod Scheetz, Brigham Young University.
- This excursion will include hands-on activities in the museum lab. Participants will experience preparing bones, get an introduction to the taphonomy of select quarries, and learn how global information systems (GIS) are used to better map and analyze bone locations in quarries. The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology has one of the largest and finest collections of Jurassic dinosaur bones as well as important collections of fossil plants and marine invertebrates.
Cost: US$15. Max.: 30.
- 3. Geologic Hazards of the Southern Wasatch Front.
Thurs., 14 May, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
- 4. Tectonics and Stratigraphy of the Western Colorado Plateau.
Three-day trip, Thurs.-Sat., 14-16 May. Departing at 7:30 a.m. from the La Quinta Inn & Suites parking lot. Bill Keach, Brigham Young University; Tom Morris, Brigham Young University; Scott Ritter, Brigham Young University.
- This robust field trip will visit and study classic Utah exposures of fluvial, shoreline, eolian, and carbonate sediments within Sevier and Laramie structures and the transition between two of North America's great geologic provinces, the Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range. On Day 1, participants will visit the "Wasatch Front," Book Cliffs, San Rafael Swell, Price Canyon, and the Wasatch Plateau. On Day 2, participants will visit Capitol Reef National Park, which is centered on the Waterpocket Fold, a 50 ± 1 Ma Laramide structure. The Capitol Reef area exposes more than 17 bedrock formations ranging in age from Permian to Cretaceous. We will view slot canyons along the Western Escarpment of the park, overview the incision and landscape evolution of the Fremont River through the Waterpocket Fold, and overview recent research completed on the Entrada Sandstone, a small coastal erg system. In the late afternoon/evening, we will drive from Torrey to Tropic via Highway 12, one of Utah's "Scenic Byways." On Day 3, participants will visit Bryce Canyon National Park, the Covenant Oil Field, and the Central Utah overthrust belt. Our visit to Bryce Canyon National Park will begin at Inspiration Point. Here one can view the Bryce Amphitheater, one of the most picturesque places on Earth. At this viewpoint, we will discuss the bedrock history, the stratigraphic succession of the Grand Staircase, and amphitheater erosional styles and rates. We will then take an ~2-hour hike on the Navajo Loop. During our return to Provo, we will stop at the Covenant Oil Field, a 200-million-plus barrel discovery within the central Utah overthrust belt. We will have several stops along the return to more closely examine the structure of the Central Utah overthrust belt.
Cost: US$370. Max.: 24.
- 5. Classic Geology of the Central Wasatch Mountains: Almost Two-Billion Years of Geologic History.
Two-day trip, Thurs.-Fri., 14-15 May. Departing 8 a.m. Thursday; returning 6 p.m. Friday.
- 6. Geology of the Kennecott Open-Pit Mine.
Thurs., 14 May, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
David Simon, Simon Bymaster Inc.; Geoff Bedell, Kennecott Utah Copper Corp.
- This trip addresses the engineering, geologic, and mining aspects of operating one of the largest open-pit copper mines in the world. Topics include geology of the ore deposit, history of mining activities, slope stability, engineering geology, ore control, groundwater and surface-water control, and blasting techniques. The trip also includes entering the bottom of the pit.
Cost: US$40. Max.: 22.