Eastern Mojave Vegetation Utah Highway 95 "Trail of the Ancients"  
 

Tom Schweich  

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 From Hanksville across Lake Powell and into San Juan County, ending near Blanding, Utah.

Other articles: Utah Highway 24 Hanksville  

Hanksville

Junction: Utah Highway 24
  Wayne County above
Garfield County below

Locations: Lone Cedar Flat.

Species Lists: Frasera paniculata  

Lone Cedar Flat.

There are two collections of Frasera paniculata described as being made 20 miles northwest of Hite. Lone Cedar Flat is about 20 miles northwest of Hite.

Other articles: UT Hwy 276 at UT94N  

Junction: Utah Highway 267, south to Bullfrog.
  Three Forks. At the junction of Stair Canyon, Butler Canyon, and North Wash.

Literature Cited:
- Retallack, Gregory J., 2009.

Locations: Hog Canyon.  

Hog Canyon

In Hog Canyon is a paleosol collection site in the Permian Rock Point Formation, and in nearby Marinus Canyon is a paleosol collection site in the Permian Church Rock Formation used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.
  Hog Canyon Picnic Area

Literature Cited:
- Retallack, Gregory J., 2009.

Locations: Marinus Canyon.  

Marinus Canyon

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 near Hite, Utah
Full Size ImageHite from highway overlook.  

Literature Cited:
- Demko, T.M., K. Nicoll, J. J. Beer, S. T. Hasiotis, and L. E.Park, 2005.  

Highway Overlook

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 near Hite, Utah
Full Size ImageHite Bridge from highway overlook.  

Literature Cited:
- Retallack, Gregory J., 2009.  

Near this location are paleosol collection sites in the Permian Organ Rock Shale and the Triassic Moody Canyon Meber of the Moencopi Formation used by Retallack in his 2009 study of greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. Retallack used stomatal index data for fossil Ginko and related leaves as a proxy for past CO2 spikes and paleosol chemical data as proxies for temperature and humidity changes. These data show that global warming due to CO2 rise is a not a unique event in earth history and that the magnitude of the coming anthropogenic greenhouse pales in comparison with past greenhouse spikes at times of global mass extinctions.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 near Hite, Utah
Full Size ImageColorado River just below the Hite bridge.  

View of Colorado River downstream of the Hite Bridge.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 near Hite, Utah
Full Size ImageHite Bridge  

Crossed the Hite Bridge, and then stopped on the north side for this photo.

Locations: Colorado River.  

Lake Powell

Garfield County above
San Juan County below
 

Hite

 

Other articles: Fortknocker Canyon Road at UT Hwy 95 N  

Junction: Fortknocker Canyon Road (B2081), returns to UT Highway 95 at Ducket Crossing.

Other articles: "Horse Tanks Road" at UT Hwy 95 N White Canyon North Road at UT Hwy 95
Full Size ImageLocation of the real Horse Tanks Road, San Juan County, Utah  

Junction: White Canyon North Road (B2731), east to Fortknocker Canyon Road.

Some sources, such as the Delorme Utah Atlas and Yahoo Maps identify this road as "Horse Tanks Road." The real Horse Tanks Road is a short half-mile segment that leads west from Fortknocker Canyon Road to Horse Tanks.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 enroute to Squaw and Papoose Rock Frasera albomarginata at the Sundance Trailhead
Full Size ImageMap showing collections of Frasera albomarginata near Squaw and Papoose Rock  

In the area to the east of Utah Highway 95, there are several collections of Frasera albomarginata.

Other articles: Fortknocker Canyon Road at UT Hwy 95 S  

Ducket Crossing

Junction: Fortknocker Canyon Road (B2081), northeast to Wooden Shoe Road, past Horse Tanks Road, then north and west back to UT Highway 95 close to Hite, Utah,

Other articles: Field Notes in White Canyon, UT
Full Size ImageView northwest (down) White Canyon  

View down White Canyon to the northwest.

Other articles: Field Notes 20080604033
Full Size ImageCommerative sign about Battle of Paiute Pass  

Battle of Paiute Pass
On July 15, 1884, a U. S. Calvary scout named Joseph S. Wormington and a cowboy names James "Rowdy" Higgins were killed in a battle with indians at nearby Paiute Pass. These men were part of a posse of cattlemen and Sixth Calvary - F - troop soldiers from Fort Lewis, Colorado who were chasing a band of renegade Ute and Paiute indians led by Mancos Jim. The indians had stolen 150 head of horses from the round-up grounds in Verdure, Utah. After a 75 mile chase the Utes and Paiutes led the possee and soldiers into an ambush. Two months after the battle, prospectors Cass Hite and Joe Duckett found and buried the remains. The Utes and Paiutes were watching the U. S. Government absorb their homelands. They fought back in the only way they knew how. The soldier gave his life in the service of his country. The cowboy did the tough job he was paid to do and a little more. All of them played out their heroic roles in this epoch struggle to settle the old west.

Other articles: "Horse Tanks Road" at UT Hwy 95 S  

Soldier Crossing

Junction: Found Mesa Road (B2271)

Some maps show this as Horse Tanks Road or Woodenshoe Spur.

Other articles: UT Hwy 276 at UT94E  

Junction: Utah Highway 276, to Hall's Crossing on the Colorado River.
  Junction: Utah Highway 275, to Natural Bridges National Monument.

Other articles: Utah Highway 261 at UT Hwy 95  

Junction: Utah Highway 261, south to Valley of the Gods and Mexican Hat.

Other articles: Field Notes 4-Jun-08 near Comb Ridge
Full Size ImageComb Creek from Highway 95  

Comb Creek from highway on west limb of Comb Ridge

Other articles: Field Notes near Comb Ridge
Full Size ImageMonocline west of Comb Ridge  

Western limb of Comb Ridge

Literature Cited:
- Demko, T. M., 2003.
- Hodgson, Robert A., 1961.

Locations: Comb Ridge.  

Comb Ridge

 

Other articles: US Highway 191 at UT Hwy 95  

Junction: US Highway 191, just south of Blanding.
 

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Demko, T. M. 2003. Super sedimentological exposures: Upper Paleozoic and lower Mesozoic continental and marine successions of the Monument upwarp, Arizona and Utah, USA. Newsletter. No. . Madrid, Spain: International Association of Sedimentologists, December 2003. {TAS-pdf}
  Demko, T.M., K. Nicoll, J. J. Beer, S. T. Hasiotis, and L. E.Park. 2005. Mesozoic Lakes of the Colorado Plateau. pp. in Pederson, J., and C. M. Dehler, eds.. Interior Western United States. Geological Society of America Field Guide 6. Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, 2005. {TAS-pdf}
  Hodgson, Robert A. 1961. Regional Study of Jointing in Comb Ridge-Navajo Mountain Area, Arizona and Utah. AAPG Bulletin. 45.
  Retallack, Gregory J. 2009. Greenhouse crises of the past 300 million years. GSA Bulletin. 121(9/10):1441-1455. {TAS-pdf}
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Date and time this article was prepared: 4/9/2017 9:15:53 AM