Sandstones and Utah's canyon country: Deposition, diagenesis, exhumation, and landscape evolution

David Loope, Richard Kettler, Kendra Murray, Joel Pederson, Peter Reiners

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South-central Utah's prominent sandstones and deeply dissected landscapes are the focus of this four-day trip, which begins and ends in Grand Junction, Colorado. Studies of the apatite grains in sandstones adjacent to igneous intrusions are revealing new information on the timing and rate of Cenozoic erosion. Iron-oxidecemented concretions in other rocks record how reduced-iron carbonates and subsurface microbes interacted when near-surface, oxygenated waters started to flush the reducing, CO2-rich waters from Colorado Plateau aquifers. New geochronologic techniques that are being applied to the plateau rocks have the potential to expand our knowledge of how diagenetic episodes relate to the evolving topography of this classic geologic setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnfolding the Geology of the West
EditorsStephen M. Keller, Matthew L. Morgan
PublisherGeological Society of America
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780813700441
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameGSA Field Guides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology


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