Mowry Shale
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 57.469 W 109° 42.775
12T E 608315 N 4534871
Quick Description: This geological formation has been exposed along a stretch of Utah Highway 44 south of Manila, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2013 6:20:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ0M4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lenron
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Long Description:
Northeastern Utah, north of Vernal, was laid down layer by layer many millions of years ago when inland North America was an inland sea. Over time this giant layer cake was bent upward in an east-west trending arch many miles across. This arch, called the Uinta Anticline, has been eroded to form the Uninta Mountain range plus all the other topographic features now visible in the region. Anticlines are noted for their ability to trap petrochemical fossil fuels under their impermeable layers and the Uinta Basin is noted for its wax-like oil deposits and now its vast accumulations of natural gas.

As visitors travels throughout the region they will pass through layer after layer of the sedimentary deposits that turned to rock long ago. Sometimes, as you pass from the edge of the arch toward the center, you will find yourself climbing higher to reach older rock. Come visit Utah and investigate this gigantic "layer cake" for yourself.

The Mowry Shale was laid down below the Frontier Sandstone during the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era. Here we have climbed from newer rock into older rock as the result of the Uinta Uplift. Some trace evidence of the existence of dinosaurs has been found in Mowry Shale. This layer is also one of the oil/gas bearing strata in the Uinta Basin.

Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

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