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New Publications at the Survey

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We've recently released a number of new publications available for purchase and free to download. Titles include Wisconsin's Geologic Past (poster); Glaciation of Wisconsin; and Quaternary Geology of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
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2021 Year in Review

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Director’s Message The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) had another successful year in 2021. We began the year working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but restrictions started to ease during the spring as vaccinations became available and Covid infe
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Wisconsin Rocks and Minerals (story map)

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Ever wonder what Wisconsin’s most important rocks and minerals are? We’ve created a story map that will help satisfy that curiosity! Adapted from the WGNHS Rock Kit, this interactive story map takes viewers on a virtual tour of our state’s rocks and minerals. It̵
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WGNHS offices are open

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In accordance with guidelines from the Division of Extension and UW–Madison, WGNHS has reopened its offices to our employees and the public as of July 6, 2021. Throughout the long closure, our staff has been working remotely, conducting fieldwork, and continuing to do research on Wisc
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2020 Year in Review

Director’s Message 2020 was one of the most unusual years in the long history of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. January began normally, with WGNHS staff involved primarily in office projects and participating in the normal sequence of winter professional me
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Southwest Wisconsin groundwater and geology study (SWIGG)

Farmland and tree-covered rolling hills of the Driftless Area in southwest Wisconsin (photo by Eric Carson, WGNHS)
Southwest Wisconsin has fractured bedrock beneath generally thin soils, putting groundwater at risk for contamination. The purpose of this study is to improve our understanding of groundwater quality in southwest Wisconsin and to better understand how local hydrogeology and well const
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3-D Wisconsin Map

When viewed with 3-D glasses, Wisconsin’s land features pop off the page. Brief descriptions of major land forms paint the geologic history that shaped the state; expanded descriptions and photos are online. We’ve field-tested this map on fourth graders and can attest to its appeal. S
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Well records

Since 1936 well drillers have been required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to file a well construction report (WCR) for any well drilled for drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. WCRs typically contain information about the well owner, owner’s mailing address, loca
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