May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment



“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  – Oscar Wilde

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Paradox Basin SE Utah

The Paradox Basin is an asymmetric foreland basin, developed along the southwestern flank of the Uncompahgre uplift in southeast Utah and southwest Colorado, USA. This large basin (265km by 190km) developed during the Middle Pennsylvanian-Permian Ancestral Rocky Mountain orogenic event.

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Raplee Ridge, part of the Monument Upwarp

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“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”  – Albert Schweitzer

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Comb Wash

This feature is one of the Colorado Plateau’s famous monoclines, a flexure in previously flat-lying strata. This structure was formed during the Laramide Orogeny about 60 million years ago but when the rocks in this view were folded, they were still many thousands of feet in the subsurface. More recent erosion has exposed this view. The cliff-former on the left is the Wingate Sandstone and the valley trailing aware from the camera is cut into soft formations like the Chinle, Moenkopi, and Organ Rock.

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Jacob’s chair SE Utah!i=837073111&k=GcRjL

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The geology of central and southeastern Utah:  Itinerary for a one-day field trip:

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Utah’s Geologic History:

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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”  – George R.R. Martin


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