Abstract by Tia Misuraca
Cataclasite found in Traverse mountain range supporting hypothesis of large landslide
Our study of the Traverse Mountains has found evidence of a large landslide that came off the Wasatch Mountains to form the east Traverse Mountains. Although there are many evidences of this large catastrophic event, I will focus on the occurrence of cataclasite. It is similar to pseudotachylite in that it is formed at the contact of the moving blocks in a fault from friction. Cataclasite has been found in Corner Canyon, around the Fort Canyon fault, and around Deer Creek fault, supporting the hypothesis of a large landslide that occurred during the Tertiary period in the area of Alpine Utah. This knowledge can also determine the geological stability of the area and also help identify large scale landslides in other parts of the world.