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Lastest Research

Like Pages in a Book: Utah’s Geologic History

By Madison Parks June 25, 2041 02:03 PM
Utah used to have ocean front real estate. But that was 325 million years ago. One of the areas of research for Dr. Thomas Morris in the Department of Geological Sciences is developing paleographic maps, or “geological snapshots,” to understand how Utah’s geology has changed from then to now. Read Full Story

Microscopic Algae and Massive Landslides: Studying Utah’s Climate Through Geology

By James Collard November 04, 2017 11:08 AM
Thirteen thousand years ago, Utah got cold–really cold. The last ice age had been over for at least 5,000 years, but after a sudden drop in temperature, the climate—heading towards warmth and dryness—flipped a U-turn. As snow and ice crisscrossed the state, the sudden increase in precipitation triggered a massive eighteen-mile-long train of landslides that altered the natural topography of parts of central Utah. Read Full Story

Technology Unlocks Petroleum Potential

By CreelaBelle Howard October 27, 2017 11:25 AM
BYU alum Chris Bexfield has worked ten years for one of the United States’ top hydrocarbon producers—combining business, technology, and geology. Read Full Story

BYU Geochemist Plays Detective with Water and Dust

By Alyssa Nielsen October 18, 2017 11:27 AM
Wind carries a particle of dust from the dry lake bed to the mountain snowpack. The snowpack melts, and the water flows down streams and rivers, through a pipe, and to the tap. Read Full Story