Wooster’s Team Utah 2020 Fieldwork

This is the index page for Wooster’s Team Utah 2020 expedition (March 9-13, 2020). The team members above are, from the left, Will Santella (’21), Juda Culp (’21), Nick Wiesenberg (geological technician), and Dr. Shelley Judge (structural geologist and tectonicist). Plus me, of course, Wooster’s sedimentologist and paleontologist. The Pine Valley Mountains are in the background.

This stratigraphic column from the National Park Service details the stratigraphy of southwestern Utah. Our expedition was to continue long-term Wooster explorations of the Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic) near the top (marked with the red dot). We are preceded by several teams in the 1990s and most recently by Team Utah 2018 and Team Utah 2019. I am a most fortunate professor and geologist to work with such fine people in such a beautiful, stimulating place.

Here are the links to our daily field posts —

March 10: Field geology in a time of plague
March 11: On a Jurassic tidal flat
March 12: Final day in the field (alas)

I hope you enjoy these descriptions and images.

ADDENDUM on March 19, 2020 — Boxes of samples safely arrived in Wooater!

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.
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