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|Field Location: Capitol
Reef National Park.
Geologic Feature: Interfingering of Permian marine and continental units (younger than rocks exposed at Natural Bridges). Permian/Triassic unconformity.
Necessary Background Information: None.
Geologic Problem: Integrate information from throughout the course to develop a set of paleogeographic maps for the Permian in central Utah.
Rock Units Exposed Permian White Rim Sandstone and Kaibab Limestone. Triassic Moenkopi Formation.
Skills: Paleogeographic map conventions.
Other Questions to Consider: 1) Look at the Permian rocks here and determine their depositional environments. 2) How can there be shoreline deposits here and in Canyonlands during the Permian. Think of at least 3 explanations. 3) How does the character of the Permian/Triassic unconformity here differ from what we saw in White Canyon? 4) Are we closer or farther from the source of the Triassic gravels? How can you tell?
Anticipated Outcomes: Geologic mapmaking and usage. Connection of observations to understand geologic sequences. Recognition of multiple interpretations, and ability to test hypotheses in a logical, rigorous manner.