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2013 news  
Holiday gift ideas
We've put together a wide-ranging list of gift ideas for your favorite rock hound and map lover. more…
job posting Job posting: Quaternary geologist
We're looking for a talented person to study Wisconsin's glacial deposits. more…
2012 news  
The Mindoro road cut, photo courtesy Steve Dutch Citizen Science: Reporting on Wisconsin’s geologic outcrops

Beginning in 1976, Survey geologists prepared descriptions of more than 100 outcrops from around the state. Help us enrich this collection by visiting the outcrops, taking photos, and answering these questions: Are the outcrops still there and is there safe access? more…

small image of the 3-D Wisconsin map 3-D Wisconsin Map

Grab a pair of 3-D glasses and see Wisconsin's landscape pop off the page of this mesmerizing poster. Includes brief descriptions of 14 major landscape features. more…

cover of Lexicon of Pleistocene Stratigraphic Units of Wisconsin Lexicon of Pleistocene Stratigraphic Units of Wisconsin

For the first time since 1988, the Pleistocene deposits of Wisconsin have been catalogued in a single document. Available for sale as a bound book or as free downloadable PDFs. more…

Source: U.S. Drought Monitor, July 10, 2012 (http:// Drought response: Impact on groundwater and private wells

How is the drought affecting groundwater and wells? Find out here. more…

Earth Science Week Earth Science Week, October 14–20

Take part in Earth Science Week! This year's campaign encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. more…

2011 news  
Holiday gift ideas

Looking for a gift that truly says "Wisconsin"? We've got you covered with our calendar, maps, books, rock sets, and more…

cover image of SR13, Overview of Metallic Mineral Regulation in Wisconsin An Overview of Metallic Mineral Regulation in Wisconsin (SR13)

Special Report 13 outlines the complex regulatory framework for metallic mineral development in short, logically arranged sections. [2.3MB PDF]

water boiling out from spring in Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Dane County, Wisconsin Springs of Wisconsin

There are nearly 11,000 known springs in Wisconsin. This page offers a short collection of facts ranging from most to fewest to largest. more…

water-table elevation map for Iowa County, Wisconsin Understanding the groundwater of Iowa County, Wisconsin

We've recently completed a comprehensive study of Iowa County's groundwater resources. Four new factsheets interpret the information for the public. more…

2011 poster calendar featuring man with muskie on prow of steam-powered boat and four children posing in the shade of a canoe 2011 calendar available

The theme this year is enjoying the bounty and beauty of Wisconsin's waters. The calendar features a steam-powered boat and a canoe from the turn of the 19th century. more…

What's new on our site—image of sample page-size map showing Wisconsin's landscapes What’s new

We've been busy making a number of changes to our site. Here’s a road map to help you find them. more…

2010 news  
Point of Rocks outcrop near Baraboo, Wisconsin Point of Rocks, Wisconsin's newest (and oldest) historic site

The Wisconsin State Historical Society added the Point of Rocks, an important outcrop along US Highway 12, to the List of Historic Sites. more…

The Niagara Escarpment in Door County, Wisconsin, ©Linda Deith 2010: Year of the Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment stretches from Wisconsin to New York. These beautiful cliff faces are home to many rare or endangered plant and animal species. more…

Meredith E. "Buzz" Ostrom, former Wisconsin State Geologist, studying a core sample Former State Geologist Meredith E. “Buzz” Ostrom dies

Buzz Ostrom, WGNHS Director and State Geologist from 1972 until 1990, died November 11, 2010. more…

Earth Science Week logo Earth Science Week, October 10–16, 2010

In celebration of Earth Science Week, we offer you links to two sites with extensive educational activities. This year's theme is "Exploring Energy." Learn about the energy that fuels hurricanes, the role of energy in Earth's climate system, and more. Visit NASA Online and the American Geological Institute.

spring in Iowa County, ©Sue Swanson Land management workshop showcases groundwater and geology of southwest Wisconsin

We will be presenting a workshop in Dodgeville on Saturday (March 13, 2010) about the groundwater resources and the geology. more…

Groundwater Awareness Week, March 7–13, 2010 National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 7–13, 2010

"When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water." Benjamin Franklin more…


2009 news
 
House in Spring Green, Wisconsin, surrounded by water Climate change leaves some communities under water, others high and dry

In the past few years, Wisconsin has experienced weather extremes. In southern Wisconsin, many communities are struggling with flooding and high lake levels. In the north, lakes are drying up. Learn about the complex interactions between climate change and groundwater and surface water, and what can be done. more…

Glacial Lake Oshkosh sediment in the Ames Construction Borrow pit Winnebago County report released

Winnebago County's landscape was heavily shaped by glaciers. This new report by geologists Thomas Hooyer and William Mode narrates the geologic history of the area. more…

picture of Geneva Lake Effects of groundwater pumping on Geneva Lake region

Geneva Lake, the gem of Walworth County, draws people to its shores. But the same groundwater that fills the lake is increasingly needed by growing communities and businesses. This groundwater flow model, developed by WGNHS, helps citizens and local officials make informed decisions about their water supply. more…

glass of water

Human viruses found in Madison's
deep-water supply wells

WGNHS teamed up with the USGS and the Marshfield Clinic to study the occurrence of viruses in Madison's deep water-supply wells. The results were unexpected and point to the vulnerability of deep wells to contamination as well as the importance of chlorination. more…

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