Arches National Park. Bryce Canyon. Zion. When one thinks of Utah, it’s rocks and iconic landformspreserved in a nearly endless list of national parks and monumentscome immediately to mind. Perhaps more so than any other state, Utah is built for geologic exploration, and geologists/authors Felicie Williams, Lucy Chronic, and Halka Chronic are its expert tour guides.
The Beehive State is splitting at the seams with wondrous geological contrast. Utah’s high mountains, showcasing the results of what happens as the Earth bends, folds, and breaks itself apart, run like a backbone down the center of the state. To the east, the Colorado Plateau’s flat-lying sedimentary rock is wondrously exposed in canyons, arches, and breaks. To the west is the immense Great Basin, a region characterized by rank upon rank of long, narrow, gaunt mountain ranges alternating with desert basins that are among the flattest surfaces on Earth.
Roadside Geology of Utah’s 65 road guides traverse the state’s major thoroughfares as well as its dusty, sleepy, winding two-lane highways. With fresh prose and more than 300 color photos, maps, and figures to boot, you too will become expert at reading Utah’s rocks.
About the Author
Felicie Williams grew up with Colorado's rocks and the geologic tutelage of her mother, Halka Chronic. She earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Colorado University in Boulder and a master of science in geology from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her husband, Mike Williams, and their two children.
Lucy Chronic earned a BA in geology from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MS in paleontology from the University of Wyoming. Lucy has worked as an archaeologist, educator, scientific writer, fire lookout, and interpreter in state and national parks. She and her mother, Halka Chronic, co-authored the second edition of Pages of Stone: Geology of the Grand Canyon and Plateau Country National Parks and Monuments.
Halka Chronic earned degrees from the University of Arizona and Stanford and a PhD in geology from Columbia University. Among the ten geology guidebooks she wrote were Roadside Geology guides for Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Halka passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado, in April 2013.