Discover one of America’s most special parks — Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. The park includes a multi-colored geologic amphitheater that is a half-mile deep surrounded by a mixture of spruce and fir forest and subalpine meadows on the rim lands.

Photo by Jay Wanta (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Thursday I defend my masters thesis in which I accurately date the Claron Formation of Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. I compared the deep sea benthic foraminifera d13C record to the d13c record from the Claron Lake System. Before starting the project I was stunned by the fact the dates for the Claron Formation were not better constrained, especially since they hold a spectacular record of past climate change. Long story short I have accurately dated one of the places I love and I’m proud of it. 

I’ll let you guys know the details once the paper is published… 

This was a freezing but beautiful sunrise from the last time I was at Bryce Canyon. It was perfect.