The Mountain Geologist Best Paper Award for 2008

TitleThe Mountain Geologist Best Paper Award for 2008

Publication: The Outcrop, January 2009, p. 24

The RMAG is pleased to announce the winner of The Mountain Geologist Best Paper Award for 2008. The winning paper is “Stratigraphic and structural relations in the proximal Cutler Formation of the Paradox Basin: Implications for timing of movement on the Uncompahgre Front” by Katherine D. Moore, Gerilyn S. Soreghan, and Dustin E. Sweet.

This extremely well written and illustrated paper describes detailed facies and structural mapping of the proximal Cutler Formation of the Paradox Basin and the interpretation that the Precambrian-Cutler (Permo-Pennsylvanian) contact is a depositional onlap rather than a fault. Bedding patterns of the proximal Cutler indicate primary depositional dips associated with a Gilbert-type delta system, and the absence of syndepositional tectonic structures in the exposed Cutler in this area implies that thrusting on the subsurface Uncompahgre fault had ceased before deposition of the youngest Cutler strata.

The quality of papers published in the Mountain Geologist continues to be extremely high. Many wonderful papers were submitted this year making selecting one winner a very tough job. In reality, all the papers are winners, and we would like to thank all of the authors for publishing their outstanding work. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and read not only the winning paper but all of the submissions.

Congratulations to Katherine, Gerilyn, and Dustin.

The Best Paper Selection Committee