Thousands of years ago, at its peak, Lake Bonneville covered some 32,000 square miles, including most of northwestern Utah and parts of southern Idaho. The Great Salt Lake is one of its remnants.
That is a sampling of facts found in the Utah State University Geology Department’s new video, Geological Highlights of Cache Valley.
The video explains how Utah State University’s Logan campus sits atop an ancient delta formed by the Logan River flowing into Lake Bonneville.
Geology Department Head Joel Pederson said one of the important take home points of the new video is a reminder of the significant earthquake hazard in Northern Utah.
”We all live here and go through our daily lives and we seldom feel an earthquake,” Pederson said, “and so it’s always a good reminder that we do absolutely live in a really active landscape with real earthquake hazards.”
He said the video is part of an outreach effort that is the mission of every academic department on campus.
“It is especially important because it gives another level of meaning or purpose to what we do. We do an excellent job here of teaching our students and training a next generation of geoscientists.
“But trying to interface and communicate with the folks in the community around us, and others who are interested in the geology of our region, that is part of our mission also.”
Pederson said the video is available at the USU Geology website and on the department’s YouTube page. He said the department’s renovated museum will re-open in September at the Geology Building on the northwest corner of the USU Quad. The Geology Building at USU also celebrates 100 years of learning on the Aggie campus.