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Another snow storm has swept through here  so how about we take a trip to Southern Utah in mid-June. I will be straightforward with you, I didn’t get many fossils from this trip but if you would like to hear my tale of woe read on!

 

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Let’s start out with the stratigraphy column. You’ll notice most of it is red. If you’ve read some of my other trip reports you’ll probably know what that means, no fossils to report from this area. My structural geologist buddies had a blast, though, so beware a lot structural and sedimentary geology ahead. I’ll save talking about the Wahweap Formation for the end.

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Darktooth

:popcorn:

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Alright, let’s get down in the valley and take a look at a bit of the Carmel Formation.

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Heteromorph

Wow! Lots of fossil-less but sublime areas. Must indeed be a geologist’s heaven. Pretty amazing that those carvings have survived the desert so long.

 

Scorpions? :popcorn:

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5 minutes ago, Heteromorph said:

Wow! Lots of fossil-less but sublime areas. Must indeed be a geologist’s heaven. Pretty amazing that those carvings have survived the desert so long.

 

Scorpions? :popcorn:

We’re getting there;)

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DeepTimeIsotopes

Only the living in the Carmel here.

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A fault had brought the Carmel and Navajo up next to the Claron Formation so we moved to that area next. 

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Also in other places around the state the Claron holds Cenozoic marine fossils but not here. But you know what it does make is this extremely red dirt. This is what I imagine what dirt on Mars looks like.

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The stratigraphy was very nice in some areas with flat lying layers as here in the Straight Cliffs.

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And this upturned Straight Cliffs

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Herb

very cool report, interesting area. Do you have any fossils to show

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