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Wisconsin's state fossil, Calymene celebraLink to People page (staff photo taken during 2016 field trip)

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.

May 27, 2020, 2:00 pm

Congratulations to Dr. J. Elmo Rawling, III on his promotion to Professor. Read more about Professor Rawling and his work at https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/about/people/elmo-rawling/. #WGNHSresearch

May 26, 2020, 10:13 am

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May 25, 2020, 4:00 pm

#MapMonday means we're checking out Wisconsin's own beauty! The map below showcases the state's rock units and formations, along with other significant geological features. Like what you see? Head to wgnhs.wisc.edu for more maps! #WGNHSresearch #MapsRus

May 24, 2020, 4:00 pm

A #StayAtHomeSunday doesn't have to be boring! Check out these interactive geology games from Science Kids! #WGNHSoutreach


Learn about rocks, minerals & soils as you complete a variety of experiments with this fun, interactive activity. Rocks, minerals and soils have different characteristics that set them apart from others. Find out about the properties of rocks such as slate, marble, chalk, granite and pumice. Which ... See more

May 23, 2020, 4:00 pm

It's a #SaturdaySmile but you've got to be smart! Could you pass this test?

May 22, 2020, 4:00 pm

Here's a new one: it's #FossilizedFootprintFriday! A team of scientists headed by researchers from Chatham University recently discovered the tracks of ancient humans who lived on the land of modern day Tanzania. Want to follow in their footsteps and learn more? Click the link below! ... See more

Over 400 fossilized human footprints have been discovered in Tanzania, representing the largest collection of human prints ever found in Africa. Dating back some 10,000 years, the footprints offer a snapshot of life during the Late Pleistocene, including possible divisions of labor based on sex.


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