Near Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rib Mountain State Park
The rock was originally a sandstone that has been thoroughly cemented to form a hard glass like rock called quartzite. Ripple marked slabs indicate that the original constituents were loose sand washed by waves. The original sand stone bedding was horizontal. Later folding resulted in the present nearly vertical position of the quartzite beds. Rib Mountain is a monadnock which owes its superior elevation to the fact that it is composed of quartzite and was therefore suffered less erosion than the quartzite which surrounds it. The quartzite crags and the talus slopes indicate that the park was not glaciated.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is near the concession stand in Rib Mountain State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau WI 54401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monadnocks (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Ripples (within shouting distance of this marker); To Charles E. Parker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Rib Mountain State Park (about 300 feet away); Mountain View (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pineries (approx. half a mile away); First Teachers Training School in Wisconsin (approx. 3.6 miles away); Historical Memorial Park (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wausau.
Also see . . . History of Rib Mountain State Park. "Rib Mountain, formerly called Rib Hill, is a four mile-long ridge of ancient rock dating back about 1.7 billion years. It is among the oldest geological features on earth." (Submitted on February 22, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 898 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.