This is the index page for Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 expedition (May 20-29, 2022). The primary goal of this fieldwork was to provide data and samples for the Independent Study theses of Lucie Fiala (left) and Shipei (Vicky) Wang (right). We are also always looking for future IS project ideas, and continuing some long-term research projects. The accompanying staff were Nick Wiesenberg (geological technician), Dr. Shelley Judge (structural geologist and tectonicist), and me, Wooster’s sedimentologist and paleontologist. We hope you enjoy following our travel and scientific log on these pages.
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 also visited a section in the Moenkopi Formation (Early Triassic) on our last day. We are preceded by several Wooster teams in the 1990s and most recently by Team Utah 2018, Team Utah 2019, and Team Utah 2020.
Here are the links to our daily field posts —
May 21: Wooster Geologists return to southwestern Utah
May 22: Second field day in SW Utah Jurassic: Wooster geologists begin their projects
May 23: Back to the Eagle Mountain Ranch and its magnificent exposures
May 24: Wooster geologists serve their time in Buggy Gulch
May 25: Up the steep slopes for a trace fossil reward in Dammeron Valley
May 26: Jackson Peak section: Another gnatty adventure
May 27: A culture and nature day for Team Jurassic Utah 2022
May 28: Wooster Geologists Team Jurassic Utah dips down into the Triassic for its last field day
For our records, the following table records all our C/W localities for the Utah 2018-2022 expeditions. The variance in precision is because different GPS devices were used through the years.
|N Latitude||Longitude||Wooster #||Location name|
|37.308755°||-113.736500°||C/W-142||Eagle Mountain Ranch cliff|
|37.278500°||-113.788161°||C/W-157||Oyster Ball Valley|
|37.27341698°||-113.77961°||C/W-752||Double layer DL|
|37.27855903°||-113.787448°||C/W-754||Hardground West HW|
|37.25500°||-113.60436°||C/W-756||Water Tank Road|
|37.27747°||-113.64420°||C/W-758||Dammeron Valley N|
|37.30882°||-113.73883°||C/W-759||EMR 39 LLH3 Strom-Mat|
|37.22521°||-112.68095°||C/W-761||Encrinite at MCJ|
|37.27629°||-113.63712°||C/W-762||DVN unit below DV|
|37.307668°||-113.739721°||C/W-763||EMR 39 LLH3 Alternate|
|37.307183°||-113.738567°||C/W-764||EMR 25 LLH2|
|37.307006°||-113.738407°||C/W-765||EMR 19 LLH1|
|37.307364°||-113.738700°||C/W-766||EMR 29 SC1|
|37.271537°||-113.783190°||C/W-767||RES B LLH2|
|37.271744°||-113.784460°||C/W-768||RES A LLH1|
|37.282454°||-113.803273°||C/W-769||Sandstone, Manganese Wash|
|37.281936°||-113.803458°||C/W-770||Manganese Wash section start|
|37.283125°||-113.803696°||C/W-771||Manganese Wash section end|
|37.307688°||-113.739697°||C/W-772||EMR Lucie section start|
|37.276667°||-113.640350°||C/W-773||Dammeron Valley trace fossils|
|37.327356°||-113.858144°||C/W-774||Jackson Peak section start|
|37.041054°||-113.273450°||C/W-775||Virgin Limestone (Triassic)|
Non-GPS localities from 1993 –
C/W-143. — South-facing slope in Carmel strike valley approximately 4.0 km west of Gunlock (= Nielson, 1990, Section 4a: Manganese Wash); SW 1/4, NE 1/4, NE 1/4 section 25, T. 40 S, R. 18 W; Member D found above weathered gypsiferous beds.
C/W-144. — North slope of valley approximately 3.0 km west-southwest of Gunlock; NE 1/4, NW 1/4, SE 1/4 section 30, T. 40 S, R. 17 W; Member D exposed from base of gully to Cretaceous ?Dakota Conglomerate; mine claim stake located directly above section.
C/W-145. — Member D exposed on south- and southeast-facing slopes 3.0 km south-southwest of Gunlock, 1.5 km south of road about 1.0 km from its junction with the Gunlock – Santa Clara Highway (= Nielson, 1990, Section 7: Reservoir); NE 1/4 section 32, T. 40 S, R. 17 W; Member D sampled from Gunlock Reservoir shore to contact with Member E and the Cretaceous ?Dakota Conglomerate.
C/W-146. — South-facing slope approximately 8.0 km west – northwest of Gunlock; (= Nielson, 1990, Section 1a: Jackson Peak); NW 1/4, NE 1/4 section 15, T. 40 S, R. 18 W; sampled section 1.0 km north of road.