“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Arpin in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Geological History of Powers Bluff

Geological History of Powers Bluff Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 28, 2007
1. Geological History of Powers Bluff Marker
Inscription. Powers Bluff is a worn down peak of an ancient mountain range which once covered northern Wisconsin. In geology it is known as monadnock. It is comprised almost entirely of solid metamorphic rock called quartzite.

Powers Bluff originated eons ago at the bottom of a primeval sea. Great depths of sediment accumulated and was transformed into sandstone. In the later cycle it was compressed and heated and changed into quartzite. During this stage other minerals invaded it Catalyzing and coloring it. The final colored quartzite made it suitable for use as gem stones.

After being formed the quartzite in association with other softer sedimentary rocks, became warped and folded. Forming as a result of natural forces, almost vertical strata. These were influenced by volcanic action and in time became uplifted and rose as ancient mountains.

The softer sedimentary rock, sandstone, limestone, and others, were worn away and Powers Bluff was left in its present elevated state. As a survivor of one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America Powers Bluff is among the most ancient landmarks of Wisconsin. It is claimed to be about the 13th highest point in the state at an elevation of 1,472 feet.
Location. 44° 31.765′ N, 90° 4.29′ W.
Geological History of Powers Bluff Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, June 28, 2007
2. Geological History of Powers Bluff Marker
Marker is near Arpin, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker can be reached from Bluff Drive west of County Highway E, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Powers Bluff County Park, near the top of the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Arpin WI 54410, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Dance Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); Powers Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Bill Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slidre Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); City Foundersí Cemetery (approx. 6.7 miles away); Prisoners of War (approx. 7.2 miles away); World's Largest Round Barn (approx. 9.9 miles away); Hamilton & Catherine Roddis House (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arpin.
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Powers Bluff Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, December 11, 2006
3. Powers Bluff
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,716 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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