The Behemoth Stratigraphic Column

July 26th, 2009

White Hill, north of Ephraim, Utah. Research Day 7 (July 16).

We returned to White Hill for our last day of work at this location. Today’s task was to measure a 362 ft stratigraphic column through part of the Lower Member and all of the exposed Upper Member of the Green River Formation. That’s a lot of limestone!! This was an important day, because this stratigraphic column will allow us to correlated all of our other stratigraphic columns by finding numerous other tuff beds in the Lower and Upper Members.

View of a portion of our 362 ft stratigraphic column of White Hill.

View of a portion of our 362 ft stratigraphic column of White Hill.

Phil and Bill, nearly at the top of White Hill, are discussing their measuring strategy.

Phil and Bill, nearly at the top of White Hill, are discussing their measuring strategy.

The guys are excited that they've finished their stratigraphic column at White Hill.  In the background are several other features:  Black Hill is the smaller cuesta just behind their heads, while the Wasatch Plateau rises to its 10,000 ft elevation.

The guys are excited that they've finished their stratigraphic column at White Hill. In the background are several other features: Black Hill is the smaller cuesta just behind their heads, while the Wasatch Plateau rises to its 10,000 ft elevation.

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