Dakota Formation
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 30.884 W 109° 31.559
12T E 624873 N 4485933
Quick Description: This geological formation has been exposed along a stretch of US Highway 191 in Steinaker State Park north of Vernal, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 9/4/2013 4:51:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ0BH
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 Dakota Formation was laid down as the earliest deposits of the Late Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era. Some geologists contend that this layer is only similar to the Dakota Formation of the Eastern Plains and the term 'Naturita Formation' is sometimes used instead. But most geologists still call it the Dakota Formation in this area.

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