GEOLOGIC MAPS OF THE FRUITA AND GOLDEN THRONE QUADRANGLES, CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UTAH: WITH PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF STRATH BOULDER TERRACES AND LANDSCAPE EVOLUTION
Maps often raise more interesting geologic questions than they answer. For example, our mapping has identified more than 150 basaltic boulder terraces perched above and adjacent to perennial stream beds that cut across the Waterpocket Fold. These strath terrace deposits may hold keys to a greater understanding of the landscape evolution of the Western Escarpment of the Waterpocket Fold. Statistical and analytical techniques applied to these strath terraces focus on spatial relationships including elevation and terrace width. Long profile correlation of terrace deposits (representing individual erosional/depositional events) can be estimated by evaluating strath terrace dips relative to the present stream bed profiles. All these data are derived from accurate maps. Statistical correlation of elevations and widths between drainages can also be derived from detailed maps. These correlations can be used in combination with cross-sectional profiles between drainages to establish the importance of major erosional/depositional events. These events, possibly climate related, may have dramatically impacted the landscape of Capitol Reef National Park.