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Stories from the Field

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.

February 26, 2021, 6:01 pm

GPS is used in many facets of everyday life, but it holds special importance to geologists—GPS is often used for surveying, and it's even used to monitor plate tectonic movements!

Gladys West is the mathematician who built the foundation for GPS. In the 1970s and 80s while working at a US naval ... See more

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn’t know her quiet work on a naval base would change lives around the world

February 25, 2021, 10:10 pm

Spring is on its way, but if you're feeling impatient, set a reminder for March 1st! That's when a brand new PBS Wisconsin show featuring some of southern Wisconsin's beautiful landscapes will be airing. Many of these places also have amazing geology!

For more details, including broadcast times ... See more

Tune in March 1 to explore Wisconsin’s beautiful public lands in the upcoming “Wisconsin’s Scenic Treasures: Southern Vistas” on PBS Wisconsin. The new program premieres on PBS Wisconsin 7 p.m. Monday, March 1. Encore broadcasts will air 7 p.m. March 10 and 14. The program will also air on ... See more

February 25, 2021, 6:01 pm

Today marks one week since Perseverance landed on Mars! While Curiosity studied ancient lakes in the Gale Crater, Perseverance is set to explore the Jezero Crater's huge sedimentary deposits. Scientists hope to find mineralogy proving hydrothermal activity as well!

📸: NASA's Perseverance Mars ... See more

February 24, 2021, 6:00 pm

#Water folks: Did you know that the Wisconsin AWRA 2021 virtual annual meeting is next week?! WGNHS has several staff members who are presenting on topics such as groundwater quality and hydrogeology!

Meeting and registration info can be found here: ... See more

February 23, 2021, 6:01 pm

We recently caught up with Val Stanley, a former WGNHS staff member! She's now the Antarctic Core Curator at Oregon State University's new Marine and Geology Repository (OSU-MGR), part of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University. There, Val manages the world's ... See more

February 22, 2021, 6:00 pm

It's #MineralMonday, and today we're highlighting jarosite! This brittle sulfate mineral is somewhat rare on Earth, but surprisingly common on #Mars! Scientists may be closer to learning why this is thanks to a discovery of jarosite in Antarctic ice: ... See more

Mineral jarosite suggests glaciers helped forge Mars’s dusty soil


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