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2014 Calendar

2014 calendar featuring bird's-eye view of Portage, WisconsinOur theme this year is the watershed divide that runs through Portage, Wisconsin. This divide determines whether a drop of water will move towards the Great Lakes or down the Mississippi River. The calendar pairs an antique bird's-eye view map of Portage as it appeared in 1868 and a timeless picture of trees on a misty morning taken at a city park on the Wisconsin River.

For just $7.50 (plus shipping and handling), we'll send you the 22 x 28-inch calendar rolled in a tube, or stop by Map Sales to purchase your copies. [ES042-2014] ORDER FORM



link to Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail bookGeology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

For the hikers on your list. This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for anyone planning on hiking all or part of Wisconsin's Ice Age National Scenic Trail. If you know how to read the landscape, the Ice Age Trail can tell the story of how Wisconsin came to be. This new book explains the geologic forces that shaped the ridges, rivers, and rocks found along the way. $35.00 (plus shipping and handling), 8 x 10 inches, 408 p. [OC049] More details | ORDER FORM

National Geographic: Wisconsin Recreation AtlasNational Geographic: Wisconsin Recreation Atlas

A handsome paperback atlas designed for campers, hikers, hunters, and anyone traveling Wisconsin. Shaded-relief topographic maps show a complete road network and locations of recreational areas throughout the state. Includes detailed lists of campgrounds, best recreational lakes, state and national parks, attractions, and more. $25.00 (plus shipping and handling), 11 x 15 inches, 112 p. [OC139] ORDER FORM


3-D Wisconsin Maplink to more information about 3-D Wisconsin map

For a unique view of the state, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey's 3-D map fills the ($20) bill. Don a festive pair of 3-D glasses and watch Wisconsin's hills, drumlins, and moraines leap off the page. Makes a great gift for the teachers on your list. The map measures 27.5 x 32 inches and ships with two pairs of 3-D glasses.
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An artist's rendering of a pair of mastodons

Geologic tour of Dane County (booklet & map)

Dane County is a study in contrasts, from the rugged western third of the county to the rolling terrain smoothed by glaciers. Take a geologic tour of southcentral Wisconsin with Landscapes of Dane County, Wisconsin in your pocket. This beautifully illustrated booklet explains why the landscape is shaped the way it is and includes a color map to help you find specific geologic features. $8.00 (plus shipping and handling), 9 x 4.25 inches, 40 p. + folded map. [ES043]
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Roadside Geology of WisconsinRoadside Geology of Wisconsin book cover

Ever wondered what kind of rock is in that roadcut you're driving past? Or why the central part of the state is so flat? And how those small, elongated hills in southeastern Wisconsin formed? This book offers the next best thing to a personal tour of the geology of the state. $20.00 (plus shipping and handling), 6 x 9 inches, 346 p. [OC045] More details | ORDER FORM


UW-Madison: Then and Now posterUW–Madison: Then and Now (poster)

See the dramatic changes to the UW–Madison campus and surrounding community across a span of 73 years. The State Cartographer's Office created this handsome poster by blending a modern color photograph from July 2, 2010 with a historic black-and-white photograph from July 6, 1937. It measures 30 x 20 inches and will be shipped in a tube for $10.00 (plus shipping and handling). [OC140] ORDER FORM

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Ice Age Geology of Devils Lake State Park, $8 (plus S&H), ES035
A handy guide book and geologic map to help you recognize the park's scenic landforms.

Display of six rock cards, included in the "starter" rock kitRock sets
We offer two rock kits for geology buffs. Our "starter" rock kit contains 5 Wisconsin rocks, a set of 6 trading cards with information about the rocks, and a 3-page handout. The collectors' kit contains a set of 15 rocks and minerals as well as an 18-page handout.

Topomap wrapping paper, $1 (four sheets, each approx. 16.5" x 21.5"), MSC-WRAP
Complete your geology-themed holiday with map wrapping paper. These large colorful maps also make great paper for origami projects.

Explore our publications and maps web pages for eclectic ideas for the hard-to-buy-for geologist on your list.

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
3817 Mineral Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53705-5100
telephone 608/263.7389