Dixie Forum Presents Lecture on Navajo Sandstone

A photo of Dixie State University Assistant Professor of Geology Gerald Bryant, who will present at Dixie Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 29, is attached. 

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Drawing visitors to the Southwest from all over the world, the awe-inspiring Navajo Sandstone will be the focus of the next installment of Dixie State University’s lecture series Dixie Forum.

Dixie State Assistant Professor of Geology Dr. Gerald Bryant will present “Behind the Landscape: Anatomy of an Ancient Dune Collapse in the Navajo Sandstone of Zion National Park” from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Navajo Sandstone is exposed in many majestic cliffs across southern Utah, such as those in Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. However, the wonder of this rock unit is not confined to its beauty. Clues to a surprising origin and amazing history lie within its well-preserved stratification. Bryant’s presentation will examine features exposed along the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park that provide an extraordinary window into a dune collapse in the distant past.

Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s from Loma Linda University and a doctorate from University of Toronto in geology. He has conducted various pilot programs for Dixie State’s Field Institute, including the development of an ongoing research and teaching collaboration with Swansea University faculty that provides undergraduate research experiences. Additionally, he has supervised graduate field research projects, provided field training and led multiple field excursions on the Colorado Plateau.

In addition to publishing multiple titles on topics ranging from early Jurassic Navajo Sandstone to field education in the geosciences, Bryant is involved with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geological Society of America, International Association of Sedimentologists and SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation.

Dixie Forum will finish the Fall 2016 semester with a presentation from Canadian Brass at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Dunford Auditorium. The ensemble will present a lecture-demonstration highlighting their music and musical lives at the forum prior to their Celebrity Concert Series performance the same evening in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the full concert are $25 and available at dsutix.com.

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu or visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.

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