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Brainerd in Crow Wing County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Geology of Minnesota

Brainerd Region

 
 
Geology of Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
1. Geology of Minnesota Marker
Inscription.  Toward the close of the Wisconsin stage of glaciation about 12,000 years ago, the waning lobe of the ice sheet in the Brainerd area retreated westward, leaving in its wake many stagnant ice blocks which had become separated from the main ice field. Water flowing from the surface of the receding ice deposited sand and gravel around and over these severed parts of the glacier and formed an outwash plain studded with huge blocks of partly buried, motionless ice.

On melting, the detached blocks — some of which were miles in extent and scores of feet thick — left permanent, water-filled depressions in the gravel plain. The lakes so formed, including those portrayed on this tablet, do not follow the original shape of the ice blocks but are commonly round or elliptical due to subsequent shore line changes.

Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota
and the Department of Highways, State of Minnesota
aided by a grant from the
Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation
1954

 
Erected 1954 by Geological Society of Minnesota and Department of
Marker detail: Brainerd Region Map image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
2. Marker detail: Brainerd Region Map
Highways, State of Minnesota.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 46° 26.336′ N, 94° 18.264′ W. Marker is in Brainerd, Minnesota, in Crow Wing County. Marker is on State Highway 371 0.1 miles north of Seagull Road Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pull-out and parking area on the east side of the highway, overlooking North Long Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brainerd MN 56401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Present Location of the Lake Hubert Depot (approx. 4.9 miles away); Lake Hubert Depot (approx. 4.9 miles away); Nisswa (approx. 5.8 miles away); Former Northern Pacific Railway Water Tower (approx. 7˝ miles away); First Northern Pacific (approx. 7˝ miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 7˝ miles away); All Veterans Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Geology of Minnesota (Wikipedia). Glacial deposits are mined for aggregates, glacial till and lacustrine deposits formed the parent soil for the state's farmlands, and glacial lakes are the backbone of Minnesota's tourist industry. These economic assets have in turn dictated the state's history and settlement patterns. (Submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Geology of Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
3. Geology of Minnesota Marker
 
 
Long Lake North (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
4. Long Lake North (view from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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