Cultural, Historical, Geological, and Paleontological

This topic for county resource planning is concerned with resources that have intrinsic value based on their age, heritage, scientific importance, or other intangible significance. However, these resources also highlight the unique character of the local setting and may contribute toward attracting businesses and tourism. Geology is another important planning component within the region. Items to highlight include unique geologic features and sights as well as identify potential development hazards such as faults, landslides and rockfall potential, and soil liquefaction potential (temporary loss of soil strength and stiffness during an earthquake or other applied stress).

Each county in the State of Utah features concentrations of historic and archaeological resources. These resources are located in towns, cities, and main streets, as individual sites or grouped in historic districts. Other resources are scattered throughout counties in the form of rock art, archaeological structures,  archaeological sites of scientific importance, and historic landscapes or settings.

Utah is widely recognized for the diversity of its geological and paleontological resources. Straddling three physiographic provinces—the Basin and Range Province, Middle Rocky Mountains, and Colorado Plateau—Utah’s geology and topographic variety are foundational to the state’s economic prosperity and quality of life, providing opportunities for mineral and energy resource development as well as recreation and tourism.

For more information, visit these state agencies: The Utah Division of State History, and the Utah Geological Survey.

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