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Near Two Harbors in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Geology of Minnesota

Split Rock Region

 
 
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By Jenn Wintermantel, August 12, 2014
1. Geology of Minnesota Marker
Inscription. The scenery of the region between Split Rock and Beaver Bay is the direct result of important events of early geologic time.
Lava flows, which had accumulated in this region to a thickness of about 30,000 feet, were lifted and arched by a huge mass of molten material rising through the earth's crust farther north. This mass, this Duluth Gabbro, is now extensively exposed in the Duluth area.
The lighthouse cliff standing 100 feet high is a fine-grained phase of Gabbro named Beaver Bay diabase. The massive resistant character of which makes the shore of this region particularly bold and rocky.
At the base of the lighthouse on top of the cliff is another kind of rock, light green in color and coarse in texture, called Anorthosite. It is this rock, Anorthosite, which shows an excellent exposure in the highway cut at Silver Bay and stands up as prominent rounded hills from Split Rock to Carlton Peak near Tofte.
 
Erected 1955 by Geological Society of Minnesota and the Department of Highways, State of Minnesota.
 
Location. 47° 11.957′ N, 91° 22.779′ W. Marker is near Two Harbors, Minnesota, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from Minnesota Route 61 3 miles north of Blueberry Hill Road. Click for map.
Geology of Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, August 12, 2014
2. Geology of Minnesota Marker
Located in a Wayside just south of Split Rock Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Two Harbors MN 55616, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anchor of the Madeira (approx. 0.6 miles away); Steam Hoist Engine (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gales of November (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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