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Geology calendar highlights Utah scenery

SALT LAKE CITY — Each year, a fierce but friendly competition delivers some of the most stunning photographs of Utah scenery — and the best examples are compiled in a calendar available for purchase.

The Utah Geological Survey's 2015 calendar is now on sale for $4.95 — or $4.25 for orders of 10 or more.

In its ninth year, the annual publication has developed into a much-anticipated tradition that allows some of the most knowledgeable experts on Utah's geology to showcase unique aspects of the state's landscapes.

"We published the first calendar in 2007 as a fun way to showcase cool photos taken by our geologists when working in the field,” said Vicky Clarke, the survey's publications manager. “Now more of the staff contributes an increasing number of photos each year for consideration to be included in the calendar.”

For this year's competition, 221 photos were taken by 25 survey employees, and 32 were selected. Competition has grown among the staff to include employees other than geologists who want their photos published in the calendar.

The October photo of Boulder Mountain was taken by graphic designer Elizabeth Firmage while she was driving along the state Route 12 Scenic Byway in Garfield County.

“The switch from red rock desert to alpine forests was so intriguing,” Firmage said.

Her photo captured some of the curious large black rocks scattered on the landscapes, which are described in the caption.

Another graphic designer, Nikki Simon, shot the September photo that shows Bear Lake.

“Being new to Utah, I try to get out and see new sights every chance I get. We visited Bear Lake one rainy day, and the moody clouds complimented that renowned blue water so nicely for a ‘picture-perfect’ moment.”

The calendar is available at the at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, 1594 W. North Temple, or by calling 801-537-3320 or 888-UTAHMAP. People can also purchase them online.

Bookstore manager Pat Stokes said the calendars are typically sold out by early December, so shoppers should buy early.

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