Ortonville in Big Stone County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Geology of Minnesota
Of all the geological agents which have played a part in shaping the face of Minnesota, the most overwhelming and powerful one is glacial ice. At least four times during the last million years, continental glaciers have spread over the state during long periods of cold climate, each advance being followed by widespread retreat.
The last glacier that invaded Minnesota from Canada came by the low valley of the Red River of the north, pushed its way southward across Minnesota and advanced as far as Des Moines. During its slow retreat, 11,000 years ago, the largest glacial river of them all, the Glacial River Warren, formed the valley in which the Minnesota River now flows. This valley, as seen from here is an impressive reminder of the volume of water it once carried.
Big Stone Lake, now the headwaters of the Minnesota river, visible to the northwest, was formed behind a delta-like barrier of sand and silt deposit across this ancient drainage channel by the Whetstone River of South Dakota.
Erected 1960 by Geological Society of Minnesota in Cooperation with Department of Highways State of Minnesota.
Location. 45° 17.812′ N, 96° 25.95′ W. Marker is in Ortonville, Minnesota, in Big Stone Touch for map. Located near the Big Stone County Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Ortonville MN 56278, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paul Bunyan's Boat-Anchor (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Odessa (approx. 5½ miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . Big Stone County Museum. (Submitted on February 5, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 132 times since then. Last updated on February 12, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 5, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.