Northern Utah is a geologist's paradise. A wide variety of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks of every geologic Era, recording several tectonic events, are available within a few minutes to few hours from campus. Go to a simple geologic map of Utah
Logan is located at the eastern edge of Cache Valley, which is bounded on both sides by active normal faults. The East Cache fault has 3-4 km of slip on it, and provides the tectonic framework for the spectacular geomorphology (see photo). To the east lies the Bear River Range, which is composed on Late Proterozoic and Paleozoic sedimentary rocks broadly folded in the Cretaceous to form the Logan syncline. Local topographic relief of 1500 m attests to the active tectonism of the region. Slip on the East Cache fault last occured 4,000-7000 years ago. Check out Susanne Janecke's map of the regional faulting
The university sits on a delta deposited at the edge of famous Lake Bonneville below the triangular facets and fault scarps of the Bear River Range (see photo on left above). With these features and incredible glacial features, rivers, canyons, and redrock country within an easy drive, the region is a geomorphological wonderland.