Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 Fieldwork

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
37.27056798° -113.776038° C/W-156 Nursery
37.278500° -113.788161° C/W-157 Oyster Ball Valley
37.25407499° -113.60516° C/W-751 Water tank
37.27341698° -113.77961° C/W-752 Double layer DL
37.27298004° -113.778876° C/W-753 Hardground East
37.27855903° -113.787448° C/W-754 Hardground West HW
37.28063799° -113.80023° C/W-755 HFW Hardground
37.25500° -113.60436° C/W-756 Water Tank Road
37.27629° -113.63712° C/W-757 Dammeron Valley
37.27747° -113.64420° C/W-758 Dammeron Valley N
37.30882° -113.73883° C/W-759 EMR 39 LLH3 Strom-Mat
37.21548° -112.68215° C/W-760 Carmel Cove
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.

June 30 addendum: Thanks to Nick’s careful packing, and Shelley’s careful driving, all our specimens have safely arrived in the Wooster lab. I hereby declare the Utah 2022 expedition a success!

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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2 Responses to Wooster’s Team Utah 2022 Fieldwork

  1. Paul D Taylor says:

    Great blogs, Mark. I remember those localities with great fondness and will always be grateful to you for introducing them to me.

  2. Mark Wilson says:

    Thanks, Paul, for your kind comments. Our fieldwork projects together have been outstanding highlights for me. Our Utah work has been exceptionally fun!

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