2010: Year of the Niagara Escarpment
The Niagara Escarpment stretches in a wide arc from eastern Wisconsin through Michigan's Upper Peninsula, across Ontario, Canada, and on past the Niagara Falls in New York.
The rock forming the escarpment was originally deposited as lime mud on an ancient sea floor about 430 million years ago. What remains is the result of weathering and erosion.
The Escarpment is home to over 240 different rare, threatened, or endangered plant and animal species, including white cedar trees that are more than 1,000 years old. It is also an important source of groundwater recharge. However, the natural cracks in the rocks and the thin layer of soil covering it leave the groundwater very vulnerable to contaminants. Read more about fractured bedrock in Wisconsin.
Help protect this fragile and unique environment. Visit the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network to learn more.
Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (maps, photos, events, and publications): http://www.escarpmentnetwork.org/
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (includes links to state parks, trails, and natural areas containing parts of the Escarpment): http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/publications/niagara/
March 16, 2010