Polygonal Fracture and Fold Systems in the Salt Crust, Great Salt Lake Desert, Utah

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Science  15 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3555, pp. 607-609
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3555.607


Small folds and fractures (thrusts) up to 50 feet apart that have produced polygonal patterns in the Bonneville salt crust, western Utah, are believed to be caused by the annual expansion of the salt crust due to the growth of salt crystals within the salt layer plus the effect of increased summer temperature. It is suggested that these strain systems are caused by positive (compressional) isotropic planar stresses developed within the salt layers of the salt crust.