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Abstract by Steven Hood

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Presenter's Name

Steven Hood

Co-Presenters

None

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

None

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Department

Geological Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Jeff Keith

Title

Mapping the Catastrophic Traverse Mountain Landslide

Abstract

When Traverse Mountain and the surrounding area were originally mapped, there were abundant omissions. These include but are not limited to: cataclasite in Dry Creek canyon mapped as glacial till; incomplete mapping on top of Traverse Mountain; and unidentified origin of rocks in many locations. The proposed hypothesis was that of relaxation off Lone Peak and/or extreme faulting on all sides. This wrong hypothesis influenced the incorrect mapping.

Important features we have mapped are: pebble dikes, molybdenite, pseudotachylite, cataclasite, and the Red Pine porphyry in the areas of Traverse Mountain, Dry Creek canyon, and Little Cottonwood canyon. Our discoveries have resulted in the theory that Traverse Mountain was a mega landslide. I am digitizing these features into an ArcMap document which will be a reference point for future study.