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Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rib Mountain State Park

 
 
Rib Mountain State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
1. Rib Mountain State Park Marker
Inscription. This park is located on the summit of Rib Mountain, one of the most prominent isolated hills in Wisconsin. Just as the stump covered field enables us to picture the forest that has long since been cut – so by the study of the old worn down stumps of mountains, the geologist is able to picture the mountains that once covered all of Wisconsin. During countless ages these mountains were gradually worn down to a plain. In a few places a harder ridge or peak called a monadnock still rises considerably higher than the general level of the plain. Rib Mountain, the highest rock hill in the state, is such a monadnock rising to a height of 1940 feet above the sea and nearly 800 feet above the Wisconsin River.

The rock was originally a sandstone that has been thoroughly cemented to form a hard glass like rock called quartzite. Ripple marked slabs indicate that the original constituents were loose sand washed by waves. The original sand stone bedding was horizontal. Later folding resulted in the present nearly vertical position of the quartzite beds. Rib Mountain is a monadnock which owes its superior elevation to the fact that it is composed of quartzite and was therefore suffered less erosion than the quartzite which surrounds it. The quartzite crags and the talus slopes indicate that the park was not glaciated.
 
Location.
Rib Mountain State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
2. Rib Mountain State Park Marker
44° 55.206′ N, 89° 41.622′ W. Marker is near Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Park Road west of County Highway N. Click for map. Marker is near the concession stand in Rib Mountain State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau WI 54401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monadnocks (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Ripples (within shouting distance of this marker); To Charles E. Parker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Rib Mountain State Park (about 300 feet away); Mountain View (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pineries (approx. half a mile away); First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
 
Also see . . .  History of Rib Mountain State Park. "Rib Mountain, formerly called Rib Hill, is a four mile-long ridge of ancient rock dating back about 1.7 billion years. It is among the oldest geological features on earth." (Submitted on February 22, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 8, 2008
3. Nearby Sign
The dense hard rock forming Rib Mountain is called quartzite. It was originally loose sand but was changed first to sandstone by cementing of the sand grains and then to quartzite by Earth movements and fluids which compressed and hardened the rock.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 846 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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