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The Geology of Western National Parks: Zion and Bryce, Utah

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, April 10, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV029
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Join geologist Kirt Kempter as he explores the geology of Western National Parks over the course of 2023, with an in-depth look at one location every month. Each program’s content is enhanced by geologic maps, photos, and Google Earth imagery.

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Zion and Bryce, Utah

Combined, these parks include a mile-thick package of sedimentary rocks that are part of the Grand Staircase, forming a geologic step ladder of colored cliffs with intervening vegetated plateaus. The geologic star at Zion is the Navajo sandstone, the petrified remains of a vast dune field active between 180 to 190 million years ago. At Bryce, strata of the much younger Claron Formation are eroding to produce stunning hoodoo clusters along amphitheater-shaped canyons carved into the Paunsaugunt Plateau. 

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