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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.

August 12, 2020, 5:00 pm

This #waterwednesday we bring you a cool image from the inside of a cave that also shows you what spring monitoring looks like from the water. Gayle Orner, a University of Wisconsin-Madison cave diver, took this image showing #WGNHS's loggers in a spring in southwest WI. If you look on the middle ... See more

August 11, 2020, 7:00 pm

Looking for geology news that's out of this world? Planetary scientists recently discovered geologic activity on Ceres, the largest object within the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Clink the link below to learn more about the secrets of ... See more

The tiny, frigid world Ceres amazes with evidence of recent ice volcanoes fed by the remnants of an ancient underground sea.

August 10, 2020, 6:00 pm

#WGNHS has been working on compiling an internal Well Construction Report (WCR) geodatabase that pulls together data from over 60 different county and regional studies into a single database. The geodatabase contains about 340,000 wells, representing a combination of electronic well construction ... See more

August 7, 2020, 4:02 pm

Katy Jurgella, a senior studying astrophysics and geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is our #StudentSpotlight this week! Katy has been a student intern at the Survey since January and helps out with data preservation, field work, and social media!

Katy is looking at the lower ... See more

August 6, 2020, 4:01 pm

#InCaseYouMissedIt... The Natural Resources Institute recently published a blog post all about the WGNHS core repository! Looking to find out more about the Mount Horeb facility? Head to the link below to uncover everything about what happens to all that core, and be sure not to miss the virtual ... See more

What can you learn from a pile of rocks? Quite a bit, if you visit the core repository. Officially known as the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) Research Collections and Education Center, the…

August 5, 2020, 4:02 pm

UW Madison professor Luke Zoet and graduate student Chelsea Volpano survey the elevation of the bed of the Wisconsin River near Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center.

These surveys help researchers better understand how the shifting sands transported by the river impact docks and other ... See more


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