Oct 13 - Geology Alumni Field Trip to Great Salt Lake (2018 BYU Homecoming Event)

Picture courtesy of Utah Geologic Survey (UGS)

Promontory Point, Giant Polygons

Tom Chidsey

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Announcing the 2018 BYU Geological Sciences Alumni Field Trip!

Geology of the Great Salt Lake

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The 2018 alumni field trip features the geology of the Great Salt Lake and takes place on Saturday, October 13th.  It will be led by Tom Chidsey, Bob Lindsay, Peter Nielsen, and Mike Vanden Berg. The first stop is Antelope Island to look at Lake Bonneville shorelines, oolitic beaches, and modern “microbialites” with a mini core workshop to compare them with microbialite cores from the Eocene Green River Formation of the Uinta Basin.  Then it’s on to Promontory Point and an approved drive across the Lake’s railroad causeway to observe pink water, salt crusts/polygons, and microbialite domes.  The final stop features Pleistocene microbialite reefs and tufa mounds.  We will be wading around the briny water on a couple of stops so bring rubber boots like the ones in the photos (they should be around $10) or there will be a limited amount available (first come first serve).

Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided.  There is no cost for the trip but donations to the department to support students are appreciated.  We look forward to your participation.

Participants meet at the BYU Museum of Paleontology (1683 N Canyon Road, Provo) at 7AM Saturday October 13th.  Vans depart at 7:30.  We will be back at BYU at about 6:30 PM.

Brooks Britt Signature

Brooks B. Britt
Associate Professor


BYU Geology Alumni Field Trip:
Geology of Great Salt Lake 
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Leaders: Tom Chidsey, BYU Alumnus, Geology Alumni Board Co-Chair, & Utah Geological Survey
Bob Lindsay, BYU Alumnus, Lindsay Consulting LLC, & Affiliated Faculty, BYU Department of Geological Sciences
Peter Nielsen, BYU Alumnus & Curator, Utah Geological Survey
Special Guest Leader: Mike Vanden Berg, Utah Geological Survey

7:30 a.m. – Leave the BYU Earth Science Museum, Provo

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Drive from Provo to Antelope Island State Park

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Stop 1: Buffalo Point overlook – Discuss geology of Antelope Island, Lake Bonneville, and modern-day Great Salt Lake

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Drive to Lady Finger Point

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Stop 2: Explore the “modern” microbialites in Bridger Bay and around Lady Finger Point, including the “microbialite rings,” springs, ooid beach, etc.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon – Mini Core Workshop: Lacustrine Eocene Green River Formation microbialites and associated carbonate grains from the Uinta Basin

12:00 Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Drive from Antelope Island to Promontory Point

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Stop 3: Explore Promontory Point, railroad causeway, north vs. south arm of Great Salt Lake, pink water, salt crust, giant desiccation polygons with microbialite domes

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Drive across Great Salt Lake railroad causeway to Lakeside, with optional stop at new causeway bridge (time dependent)

2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Stop 4: Explore the Pleistocene microbialite reefs and giant tufa mounds at Lakeside

4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Drive back to Provo via I-80 and I-15

Itinerary of the "Geology of the Great Salt Lake" field trip
Itinerary of the "Geology of the Great Salt Lake" field trip