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2012 CALENDAR is now available

This year’s calendar features a small Wisconsin waterfall and sketches the geologic story behind how a glacier determined the stream’s present location. For just $5.00 (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. (CAL2012)
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3-D Wisconsin Map

link to more information about 3-D Wisconsin mapFor Wisconsinites looking for a unique view of the state, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey's new 3-D map will fill 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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Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (book)

link to Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail bookFor 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. Just $34.95 (plus shipping and handling). 8 x 10 inches, 408 p. More details | ORDER FORM

Landscapes of Wisconsin (poster)

landscapes of Wisconsin posterLandscapes of Wisconsin shows the elevation changes across the state using an artful combination of shaded relief and color (tans and browns represent high elevations). Map text describes the geologic history and provides information about 12 of the most prominent landscape features. The full-color map is 42 x 42 inches is just $10 (plus shipping and handling) and will be shipped rolled. Also available in smaller sizes. (MAP-SM40)
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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. Just $8.00 (plus shipping and handling). (ES43)
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More gift ideas

Fossils of Wisconsin, $7 (plus S&H), ES45
How and where fossils form, when they lived, how to collect them, and general localities where you might find fossils. Exquisite drawings will aid collectors in identifying finds.

Ice Age Geology of Devils Lake State Park, $4 (plus S&H), ES35
A handy guide book and geologic map to help you recognize the park's scenic landforms.

Lake Plants of Wisconsin, $15 (plus S&H), B096
Technical information and detailed drawings for more than 100 species of rare and common lake plants. 266 pages, 6- x 8-inches.

Roadside Geology of Wisconsin, $20 (plus S&H), OC45
This 346-page book describes the general geology of the area and offers 35 road guides. The perfect present for anyone traveling the state. We have a limited supply of autographed copies—order soon!

Rock set, $25 (plus S&H), ES46
Contains 15 important Wisconsin rocks and minerals plus a 20-page booklet.

TOPO! National Geographic USGS Topographic Maps, $49.95 (plus S&H), OC44
This 4-CD set of GPS-ready maps covers Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Draw trip routes, calculate elevation profiles, add notes, then print the result or transfer it to your GPS unit.

Topomap wrapping paper, $1 (four sheets, each approx. 16.5" x 21.5"), MSC-WRAP


Check our publications page for more gift ideas. Or give us a call or stop by—we'd be happy to help.

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
3817 Mineral Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53705-5100
telephone 608/262.7389