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Paleogene and Neogene faults and fractures on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau are present in Mesaverde Group coal and sandstone beds. Recent observations of coal cleat orientation in relation to faults in coal mines have significant impacts for mine planning in the area. Faults, coal cleats, and natural fractures are interpreted to show a structural evolution of the Mesaverde Group through time.

This field trip will include a visit to two active underground coal mines, the Bowie Resources’ Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Mountain Coal’s West Elk Mine. Mine geologists will discuss structural styles including fault orientations...

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