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The House Range
House Range
is a north-south trending mountain range in Millard County, of west-central Utah. The House Range
House Range
was named in 1859 by James H. Simpson. It was named by Simpson because "...of its well-defined stratification and the resemblance of portions of its outline to domes, minarets, houses, and other structures."[1]


1 Geography 2 Geology 3 Fossils

3.1 Stratigraphy

4 References 5 External links

Geography[edit] The House Range
House Range
is bounded by Tule Valley
Tule Valley
to the west, Whirlwind Valley and Sevier Desert
Sevier Desert
to the east, and trends with the Fish Springs Range to the north. The range has three notable passes: Skull Rock Pass (which US Highway 6/ US Highway 50
US Highway 50
travels through), Marjum Canyon (which the old US Highway 6
US Highway 6
travels through), and Sand Pass (which the Weiss Highway passes through). The highest point in the House Range
House Range
is Swasey Peak, at 9,669 feet (2,947 m).[2] Other notable peaks include Notch Peak, a frequent climbing and base-jumping hotspot, and the very square Tatow Knob. It is also known for one of the tallest limestone cliffs in the world, Notch Peak. Geology[edit] The geology of the House Range
House Range
is dominated by gray Cambrian
to Devonian
carbonate rock which was intruded by a pink Jurassic granitoid in the central part of the range. In the Wheeler Amphitheater, away from the intrusion, the Lagerstätte
that contains the well-preserved fauna is found in the Cambrian
section of the range. Evidence of Lake Bonneville's presence is found both in shorelines and white marls at the base of the range. The main structural component to the range is a large basin-bounding fault on the west side.[3] Fossils[edit] The range is known for a fossil Lagerstätte
(Wheeler Shale) of Cambrian
age, which has an array of Burgess Shale
Burgess Shale
type fauna, including Elrathia kingii, a trilobite that is one of Utah's most famous fossils.[4][5] Stratigraphy[edit] The Swasey Limestone
was deposited in the Bathyuriscus–Elrathina zone (contemporaneous with the Burgess Shale). This is overlain in turn by the Bolaspidella zone (uppermost Middle Cambrian) Wheeler Shale and Marjum Formation, then the Cedaria
zone (lowermost Upper Cambrian) Weeks Formation.[6][7] References[edit]

^ Van Cott, J. W., 1990, Utah
Place Names, ISBN 0-87480-345-4 ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Swasey Peak". USGS.  ^ Chronic, Halka (1990). Roadside Geology of Utah. ISBN 0-87842-228-5.  ^ "Localities of the Cambrian: The House Range
House Range
UCMP".  ^ "House Range". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013.  ^ Robison, R. A. (1964). "Upper Middle Cambrian
Stratigraphy of Western Utah". Geological Society of America Bulletin. 75: 995–1010. doi:10.1130/0016-7606(1964)75[995:UMCSOW]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0016-7606.  ^ " House Range
House Range
Stratigraphy". fossilmuseum.net. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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