Northern part of the House Range at sunset-(Swasey Mountain section), showing the stratigraphy
|Elevation||9,669 ft (2,947 m)|
|Length||70 mi (110 km) N/S|
|Width||34 mi (55 km) E/W|
|Area||1,242 sq mi (3,220 km2)|
The House Range is a north-south trending mountain range in west-central Utah. It is famous for Notch Peak, one of the tallest limestone cliffs in the world, and a fossil Lagerstätte (Wheeler Shale) of Cambrian age, which has an array of Burgess Shale type fauna, including Elrathia kingii, a trilobite that is one of Utah's most famous fossils.12
It is bound by Tule Valley to the west, Whirlwind Valley and Sevier Desert/Sevier Lake to the east, and is along trend with the Fish Springs Range to the north. The range has three notable passes: Skull Rock Pass (which US Highway 6/US Highway 50 travels through), Marjum Canyon (which the old US Highway 6 travels through), and Sand Pass (which the Weiss Highway passes through).
The 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."4
The geology of the 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.5
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.67
- "Localities of the Cambrian: The House Range UCMP".
- "House Range". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
- "Feature Detail Report for: Swasey Peak". USGS.
- Van Cott, J. W., 1990, Utah Place Names, ISBN 0-87480-345-4
- Chronic, Halka, 1990, Roadside Geology of Utah, ISBN 0-87842-228-5
- Robison, R. A. (1964). "Upper Middle Cambrian Stratigraphy of Western Utah". Geological Society of America Bulletin 75: 995–992. doi:10.1130/0016-7606(1964)75[995:UMCSOW]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0016-7606.
- Geologic column
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