sjudge July 26th, 2009
Pavant and Canyon Ranges, Utah. Research Day 6 (July 15).
The old slogan for geologists is that the best geologists are the ones who have seen the most rocks. So, today, instead of spending time in the Green River Formation, we joined Ohio State’s field camp on their yearly visit to the Pavant and Canyon Ranges.
Because of my affiliation with OSU’s field camp through the years (this year I helped teach the first half of field camp), the Wooster Crew stayed in the same apartment complex in Ephraim as the OSU crowd. Each day, we were able to interact with other professors, TAs, and students. So, when we found out the day of their Pavant and Canyon Range trip, we decided to tag along. For their Junior I.S., both Phil and Bill read literature on the Sevier Orogeny in Utah, and today’s visit to these ranges enabled us to first-hand witness some of the figures published in this literature that we had read earlier in the spring.
The Pavant Range and the Canyon Range expose some of the large thrust sheets associated with the Sevier Orogeny, along with some additional small-scale faulting and folding due to the regional compression.