Geology and geography of the Henry Mountains region, Utah

Professional Paper 228
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The Henry Mountains region in southeastern Utah is one of the classic areas in geology because of the study made there by Grove Karl Gilbert in 1875 and 1876. His report on the geology of the mountains was the first to recognize that intrusive bodies may deform their host rocks and the first to show clearly the significance of the evenly eroded plains, now known as pediments, at the foot of desert mountains.

The Henry Mountains with the surrounding structural basin is a rugged, dry, and sparsely settled region, a part of the Colorado Plateaus province. The natural obstacles of the region-the aridity and ruggedness-have kept it primitive. It has not been penetrated by modern methods of transportation and thus it persists as a roadless frontier. Even the Indians seem to have made little use of the region; explorers did not enter it until 1869 and settlements were not started until the eighties.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geology and geography of the Henry Mountains region, Utah
Series title Professional Paper
Series number 228
DOI 10.3133/pp228
Year Published 1953
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Utah Water Science Center
Description Report: vii, 234 p.; 22 Plates: 26.50 x 48.71 inches or smaller
Country United States
State Utah
Other Geospatial Henry Mountains
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