Utah geologists display the scenic wonders of the state with an annual calendar

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Utah geologists display the scenic wonders of the state with an annual calendar
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SALT LAKE CITY: If you have never explored the youngest volcanic field in Utah known as the Black Rock Desert and have taken a look at the escarpment of Devil's Kitchen, geologist Adam McKean takes you there through his photographs of some of its scattered features along 700 square miles.

Most likely, you've never seen a view of a delta along the mud plains that occupy the southeast coast of the Great Salt Lake, where Lee Creek spins and spins before giving up the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere.

Now you can, thanks to Adam Hiscock, another geologist.

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The Utah Geological Survey 2020 Calendar of Utah Geology is available, featuring a variety of Utah's most impressive landscapes documented through employee photographs while working in the field over the past year.

A delta forms when Lee Creek winds through marshes along the southeast coast of the Great Salt Lake

Adam Hiscock

The annual tradition, in its fourteenth year, presents a new interactive component in line with a map of history and more detailed descriptions of specific areas than in previous years. People can see the cover photo and the details that accompany it now, and each month will be displayed as the year unfolds. The online component also includes more photos and geology lessons in private formations exclusive to Utah. This year's themes include ancient deserts and microbialites.

Typically, dozens and dozens of photos compete for inclusion in the calendar and a selection committee chooses those that document the marked differences in Utah geology. This year, there were 211 entries.

Bryce Canyon and its impressive hoodoos are always popular, and the great Salt Lake offers pictorial beauty in its own way.

The calendar is available for $ 5.95 or $ 4.95 for orders of 10 more at the Library and Map of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City.

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