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UGS launches “Utah Arch Challenge,” Online Voting Underway

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) launched has launched an online tournament called “Utah Arch Challenge” to pit some of Utah’s well-known and lesser-known natural arches and bridges against each other for statewide geologic superiority.

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The first complete shoulder of an adult Utahraptor ever found was uncovered from the megablock in 2020. Also visible are a femur, jaw, ribs, and other bones.
Utahraptor Megablock Continues to Reveal New Discoveries

It has been one year since Utah’s most spectacular dinosaur fossil block, the 18,000-pound Utahraptor megablock, moved from Thanksgiving Point to a new dedicated fossil preparation lab at the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). In that year new unanticipated discoveries hidden within the block have been found. 

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image of Rory Reynolds, new interim director of wildlife resources.
Interim director named for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

With the pending retirement of Mike Fowlks, director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Brian Steed has named Rory Reynolds, current DNR deputy director, to serve as DWR interim director.

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Industrial Arch in Salt Lake City
Utah Geological Survey Launches 2021 Calendar of Utah Geology

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) recently released the 15th edition of its popular Calendar of Utah Geology. The photographs often focus on remote locations found by UGS scientists working in the field, and this year’s calendar has plenty of remote and isolated scenery.

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Refined copper
Utah One of the Top 10 States for Mining, Production Value up in 2019

The recently released Utah Mining 2019 report issued by the Utah Geological Survey(UGS) shows Utah’s mining production increased by 2.4%, or over $90 million, last year. The state’s total extractive resource value in 2019, including oil and gas, was estimated at $6.5 billion, with mining representing 60%, or $3.9 billion, of the total value.

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Federal Government Removes Gray Wolves from ESA

The State of Utah applauds the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). States are often best positioned to appropriately manage wildlife populations. With the number of wolves growing across the West, we believe it is time to allow the states to take the helm.

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Waterfalls at Gunlock State Park
Waterfalls stop flowing at Gunlock State Park

The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park have ceased to flow due to an operational modification of Gunlock Reservoir requested by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. High levels of visitation have made it difficult for individuals and families to social distance themselves from others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wasatch Front Fault Zone
New study reduces risk in areas adjacent to Wasatch Front faults

A recently released four-year study by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) provides new detailed mapping of faults along the Wasatch Front that are capable of surface rupture.

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Mountain biking at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Online Clearinghouse Keeps Recreators Informed Amidst COVID-19

In the wake of COVID-19, state and federal land managing agencies are coordinating together to help Utahns better navigate outdoor recreational opportunities, restrictions and changing conditions at both state and national parks, as well as other recreation areas statewide.

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