Upon returning to Williamsburg, around June 16th, I began the process of interpreting the data I collected in the field. With the help of my advisor, I spent the day organizing data, preparing samples, and setting up what I was to work on for the rest of the summer, until I returned to campus again.
Earlier in the summer, I did the bulk of my data collection on the second to last day of the Regional Field Geology (GEOL 310) class trip. The trip traversed northern Arizona and southern Utah over a period of two and a half weeks. I collected my data on June 1st, which was Day 15 of the trip. Due to issues accessing the Star Range, I instead changed the area of my research to the Beaver Dam Mountains, in one of the most southwestern portions of the state. This area features the same sort of low-angle normal faulting in the same geologic province (Basin and Range) so the change in location did not alter the purpose of my research.
The purpose of my research is to construct a more detailed narrative of the tectonic history of the Star Range in Beaver County, Utah. The study of low angle faults and the surrounding rock formations will yield a deeper understanding of the deformation forces which this region may have been subjected to. The goal of geology as a science is to build a working understanding of Earth processes in the past, present, and future. Contributing to this expansive goal, the knowledge gained through my research will add to our comprehension of the tectonic history of the United States and North America as a whole.