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Blue Rapids in Marshall County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gigantic Glaciers

The Monument to the Ice Age

 

—Blue Rapids, Kansas —

 
Gigantic Glaciers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 1, 2014
1. Gigantic Glaciers Marker
Inscription.

Huge continental glaciers, hundreds of feet thick, came from the north to northeastern Kansas in at least two different episodes carrying rocks, gravel, sand, and a special clay called loess to the Blue Rapids area. Our fertile soils and sand & gravel industries came from these glaciers.

Glaciers bulldozed the previous soils, grasses, trees and other plants, chilled the climate, lowered the Earth's sea level, then washed our landscape with meltwater, and charged the atmosphere with more moisture for deluges of rain and snow. The surging water formed our present-day stream courses.
 
Erected 2012 by George Callison and Concerned Blue Rapids Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 39° 40.896′ N, 96° 39.568′ W. Marker is in Blue Rapids, Kansas, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and 6th Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is on the Public Square. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Rapids KS 66411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldest Rocks in Kansas (here, next to this marker); Ice Age (here, next to this marker); War Memorial
Gigantic Glaciers Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 1, 2014
2. Gigantic Glaciers Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Historic Holm Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue Rapids Public Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blue Rapids Station Bell (about 600 feet away); Oldest Roundabout in Kansas (about 600 feet away); Historical Baseball Game (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blue Rapids.
 
Also see . . .
1. Blue Rapids revives Ice Age Monument. (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ice Age Monument dedicated (The Blue Rapids Historical Society). (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. General Overview of the Ice Ages. (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. USGS: The Great Ice Age. (Submitted on November 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentPaleontology
 
The Monument to the Ice Age image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. The Monument to the Ice Age
On the Public Square
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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