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Moose Lake in Carlton County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Geology of Minnesota

Moose Lake Region

 
 
Geology of Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Geology of Minnesota Marker
Inscription.  Toward the end of the great ice ages about 10,000 years ago, the glacier, which had pushed its way along the trough of Lake Superior, retreated toward the northeast, and near Moose Lake crossed the divide between the Mississippi River and Lake Superior. When the lobe of ice was shrunken so that it lay wholly within the rim of the lake basin, Glacial Lake Nemadji was formed around the southwest margin of the ice.

The earliest outlet was at this, the western, end when the lake stood 523 feet above the present level of Lake Superior and nearly reached the elevation of the state hospital in the distance. During the centuries of drainage from here through the Moose River to the Mississippi, this channel was eroded downward to the present level. When lower outlets for the Lake Superior basin were opened, the Moose River Valley was abandoned as an outlet, and this part of the ancient watercourse became the basin of Moosehead Lake.
 
Erected 1955 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
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Minnesota: Geological Society of Minnesota series list.
 
Location. 46° 26.812′ N, 92° 46.088′ W. Marker is in Moose Lake, Minnesota, in Carlton County. Marker is at the intersection of Arrowhead Lane (State Highway 73) and Lakeshore Drive, on the right when traveling north on Arrowhead Lane. Located at the Ervid T. Clemons Rest Area on the west side of Moosehead Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moose Lake MN 55767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Mass Grave (approx. 1.2 miles away); The 1918 Fire (approx. 5.9 miles away); Christopher C. Andrews, Conservation Pioneer (approx. 6˝ miles away); 1872 (approx. 9 miles away); The Iron Range (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Geology of Minnesota Marker image. Click for full size.
July 29, 2022
2. Geology of Minnesota Marker
Moosehead Lake image. Click for full size.
July 29, 2022
3. Moosehead Lake
Nearby Ervid T. Clemons Rest Area Marker image. Click for full size.
July 29, 2022
4. Nearby Ervid T. Clemons Rest Area Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2022. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2022.   4. submitted on August 31, 2022.

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