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Wisconsin's Foundations: A Review of the State's Geology and Its Influence on Geography and Human Activityby Gwen Schultz
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Most Wisconsin citizens share a deep appreciation of the shape and texture of their familiar landscapes—the abundance of fresh water, the fertile soils, the northern forests, the varied landforms. All these features are directly related to a special set of geologic processes and materials that collectively define the land on which we all live, work, and play. But how did it come to be this way? How did it look in the past? What kinds of creatures lived here before us? In Wisconsin’s case, the geologic story is long, complex, and incomplete, beginning over three billion years ago and still in progress. Wisconsin’s Foundations is just the book for a broad audience of interested citizens who simply want to know more about the origins, evolution, and geological underpinnings of the Wisconsin landscape.
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Writing in language understandable to nonspecialists, Schultz (geography, emerita, University of Wisconsin) explains the origins, evolution, and geological underpinnings of the Wisconsin landscape and shows how geologic conditions have affected people's lives and activities. To make material accessible, cumbersome geologic terms, and terms whose definitions are not universally agreed upon, have been avoided, and controversial and speculative topics are not discussed in depth. B&w photos are included. Readership for the book includes students, environmentalists, public workers, and general readers.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Most people in Wisconsin share a deep appreciation of the shape and composition of their familiar landscapes—the abundance of fresh water, the fertile soils, the northern forests, the varied landforms. All these features relate to a process that is long, complex, and still in progress. Wisconsin’s Foundations is just the book for a broad audience of people who want to know more about the origins, evolution, and geological underpinnings of the Wisconsin landscape.
About the Author
Gwen Schultz is emerita professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of several books including Ice Age Lost and The Bucky Badger Story.
Table of Contents
A Synopsis of Wisconsin's Geologic History
The Cryptic Crystalline Shield
Precambrian Wisconsin, by Regions
The Paleozoic Story—Layer upon Layer
The Eroding Paleozoic Rocks—Their Meaning to Us
Wisconsin’s Ice Age Heritage
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