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The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) has been serving Wisconsin for over 100 years. Part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, we provide objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources, and water resources of Wisconsin.

January 21, 2021, 6:01 pm

Geologists can gather amazing details about the past from the rock record, even finding remnants of ancient lightning! When lightning strikes mountaintops, it can often leave behind a glassy mineral called fulgurite. In this #GeoNews article from Science Magazine, geoscientists have begun using ... See more

New geological dating system could show when glaciers retreated

January 20, 2021, 6:01 pm

This #PenguinAwarenessDay takes us to Antarctica, home of the Thwaites Glacier! Named after former University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Fredrik T. Thwaites, the massive glacier currently accounts for about 4% of global sea-level rise. You can learn more about the glacier and its climate ... See more

January 19, 2021, 7:01 pm

Have you ever wanted to find #fossils in Wisconsin? The best areas to start looking are in the eastern and southern parts of Wisconsin where Paleozoic fossiliferous rocks are located. On our website we have descriptions and locations of outcrops that have been noted to have fossils. Even the gravel ... See more

January 19, 2021, 2:30 pm

WGNHS is hiring! We're looking for a talented #GIS specialist/cartographer to help with #mapping and research projects at the Survey. This is a full-time position. Application deadline is Feb. 8th.

Link to full info and to apply: http://ow.ly/WyS850Da3ew

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January 15, 2021, 5:05 pm

New year, new publication! This new WGNHS report documents a one-year study of six wetlands in #DoorCounty. Door County has numerous wetlands, many of which are fed by #groundwater. The research team, led by hydrogeologist Dave Hart, recorded water quality and quantity discharging to each wetland ... See more

January 14, 2021, 6:01 pm

Winter snow often blankets massive geological outcrops, making mineral viewing and fossil field trips more difficult. Therefore, look to the sky! WGNHS has a lesson plan using meteorites in Wisconsin as a model to help students understand the scientific method.

This and other lesson plans can be ... See more


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