Gerald E. answered 05/02/19
Retired oil industry geologist with university teaching experience
I just did a search on Google for Wasatch Range geology and came up with those listed below.. I'm sure there are many more sites. Bone up on basic physical geology.
I assume that you have taught your children the main rock-forming minerals and how to recognize them, and the 3 main classes of rocks and how they are formed. If not do so immediately! Visit a natural history museum and let them see the specimens of the common minerals and rocks. See if the local university has collections that the public can view.
- Get a geologic map of the area that you want to go to. Teach the children what it shows - basic map, north arrow, scale, colored age distribution/coding of the rocks, etc.
- Based on the map, pick a readily accessible area that the children can cross without any problems and that can illustrate the various types of rocks. You might only get sedimentary ones in different colors and varying bed thicknesses - limestone, shale, sandstone, silt, etc. Explain how each layer reflects a change in the depositional environment (water depth, water chemistry, etc.) from the previous one. Closely examine the freshly broken surface of a sample of each rock type using a hand lens/magnifying glass to try to identify the component minerals. Also try to spot any fossils that may be in the rocks or that have eroded from them and are laying on the ground.
- Are the rock layers flat? If not, explain how they have been folded or tilted (if that occurred). Can you see any fractures or faults? Explain how they formed and how water can move along them.
- What are the colors of the rocks? Are they all the same or are they different. Explain what minerals provide those colors.
- Collect a small (less than palm-sized) piece from the different rock layers to take home. Take a picture of the outcrops so that the location of the samples can be identified for future use.
There are many other things that you can do.
The Geology of the Wasatch Mountains. The geology of the Wasatch Mountains gives the Salt Lake Valley its character. ... One section, from City Creek Canyon in the north to Bells Canyon in the south, has 10 distinct geologic zones. Each canyon has a different look, with rocks of varying ages and colors.
Park City and the Southern Wasatch - The Geology of the Wasatch ...
How was Utah's topography formed? - Utah Geological Survey
However, some cursory geologic history and broad generalizations serve as a good ... Uplift of the modern Wasatch Range only began within the past 12 to 17 ...
Wasatch Range - Wikipedia
Jump to Geography and geology - The Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches approximately 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, ...
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