Santa Clara, Utah — We were fortunate today to work on the land of Eagle Mountain Ranch just north of Gunlock, Utah. The owners, Hyrum and Gail Smith, met us in the morning in their gorgeous ranch home (shown most effectively in this flyover video) and generously gave us permission to explore the Carmel Formation on their extensive properties. The above outcrop of Carmel Formation topped by the Iron Springs Formation is the most dramatic exposure. We spent most of our time on it. (Preliminary location tag EMR.)
This is a screen capture from the video describing the Eagle Mountain Ranch. Spectacular, and they have Airbnb accommodations! The white rocks in the upper left are Carmel.
Ethan found this example of Lockeia, a bivalve escape trace, preserved again as convex hyporelief (on the bottom of the bed). This specimen is cool because it is festooned with the star-shaped colmnals of Isocrinus.
This is one of the few places where the actual contact between the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic) and Iron Springs Formation (Late Cretaceous) is visible. It is a disconformity with a considerable hiatus (interval of time not recorded, up to 100 million years in this case).
Tomorrow the students begin their individual projects!