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Sunday, October 07, 2012

2013 Calendar Offers Stunning Geologic Photos

Some of Utah's most stunning scenery is showcased in a new calendar produced by the Utah Geological Survey. It is now on sale at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 W. North Temple, or can be purchased online at www.mapstore.utah.gov.

This is the 7th year the Survey has produced a calendar. This one features unique landscapes in Utah's national parks and monuments, but also dramatic scenery off the beaten path in areas that seldom see visitors.

The Deseret News has this article about the new calendar. Below are excerpts.

"This year, we selected the photos that brought out the different textures in the landscape," said Vicky Clarke, the survey's publication manager. "Hopefully, that will make people view the world around them in a new way."

January's photo, for example, is the stunning and somewhat imposing Tower of Silence in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kane County.

"The tower landscape almost looks like it's moving because of the lines in the sandstone formed by rainwater," said geologist Gregg Beukelman, who snapped the photo. "By venturing out to remote areas, I am often rewarded with the sighting of stunning and scenic landscapes."

All photos are taken by Utah Geological Survey staff. Each year, consideration for inclusion in the calendar grows into a fierce but friendly competition. More than 270 photos were potential candidates for the 2013 edition, and of those, Clarke said 35 were selected by a six-member committee.

The calendars sell for $4.95 per copy or $4.25 for 10 or more copies. They are expected to sell out in early December.

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