Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baraboo Hills

A continuation of the wonderful programs experienced through the Master Naturalist Program at the MacKenzie Center.

East Side of Devil's Lake
We learned about the unique geology of Wisconsin with a guided tour, by Sue the Naturalist, at Devil's Lake State Park.

Devil's Lake is located along the Baraboo Hills, an ancient rocky outcropping. The exposed rock, called Baraboo Quartsite is older than the Hymalaians. Thought to be 1.6 billion years old by scientists.

Note: Here's were evolutionists and creationists differ.

West Side Driftless

On one side of the Lake the last glacier advancement ended and the other side is known as the Driftless Area.

Learning about rocks

You'll see a variety of landforms in the Baraboo Hills, created by glaciers. A very unique area right here in Wisconsin.

Pigmy Forest

Other unique ecosystems included a pygmy forest. These trees of hickory and ash are much older than they appear. Their growth is limited by the available nutrients but they still survive  atop the Eastern Trail at Devil's Lake.


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