3-D map puts the ‘wow!’ in Wisconsin geology

UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey creates new resource to increase understanding of state’s dramatic past

Contact M. Carol McCartney, 608-263-7393, mmccartney@wisc.edu

Madison, Wis.—Wisconsin’s geologic history is packed with ancient drama. Understanding the forces that created the landscape–an exploding volcano that created a mountain range, rampaging glaciers that shaped much of the state’s rolling terrain, and the abrupt draining of a huge glacial lake—provides a unique perspective on Wisconsin’s past

To help the past come alive for kids and adults, UW-Extension’s Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey has produced its first-ever 3-D map.

“We have many maps of the state that show geology, landscapes, soils, land cover and other features,” says M. Carol McCartney, outreach manager for the Survey. “But the 3-D map is eye-catching. The usual reaction is ‘Wow! That’s cool!’”

The map appears slightly blurry until viewers put on the 3-D glasses that come with it. Then drumlins, moraines and other features pop off the page. The map also includes simple descriptions of the geological processes that formed the land.

Originally designed to attract teachers who might use the map in middle school earth science programs, Survey staff soon found that parents were buying the maps for their kids’ teachers—and themselves.

“Looking at the landscape and wondering how it formed is fun,” says McCartney. “Anyone who’s interested in Wisconsin and its geology would enjoy this map. And you’ll look great wearing those silly glasses!”

The map measures 27.5 x 32 inches and ships with two pairs of 3-D glasses. For more details and photos, go to http://wisconsingeologicalsurvey.org/geology/3-D_Wisconsin_map.htm

To order, call 608-263-7389 or email mapsales@uwex.edu

 

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