Geology fieldwork in the Colorado Plateau

Three geography undergraduates took part in a fieldwork expedition to the Colorado Plateau in September, accompanied by Geraint Owen and Kath Ficken (Geography) and Dr Gerry Bryant from Dixie State University, St George, Utah.

Geology Fieldwork Colorado After four days of field class, the students collected data for their final-year dissertations at a site just outside Page, Arizona, on the edge of Lake Powell.

James Smith assessed the significance of sand-filled polygonal fractures at the unconformity surface between the Navajo Sandstone and the Page Sandstone.

David Tacey investigated how dinosaur footprints are preserved in the Navajo Sandstone and assessed the relationship between footprints and other types of sediment disturbance.

Elise Worthington mapped a complex zone of soft-sediment deformation to unravel the processes responsible for disturbing the internal structure of sand dunes prior to their burial and preservation in the Navajo Sandstone.

In addition they found time to swim in Lake Powell, explore Zion National Park, visit the spectacular Johnson Farm Dinosaur Discovery Centre, and watch a lightning storm over the Grand Canyon.