Red Wing in Goodhue County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Geology of Minnesota
Red Wing Region
During the great ice ages the landscape of Minnesota was profoundly altered by continental glaciers in four major epochs of glaciation. In this area, as elsewhere, the closing stage of each epoch was characterized by the release of floods of meltwater which eroded the broad valley of the Mississippi River 200 feet deeper than the present channel. Because the tributary streams carried less water than the main river they were unable to cut down so rapidly, and consequently their valley floors had steeper slopes.
As the volume of meltwater diminished with the depletion of the ice, the velocity of the main stream was reduced and it was no longer able to remove all of the sediment contributed by its high-gradient tributaries. Thus the valley was filled to its present level and exhibits a remarkable series of meanders, oxbow lakes, side channels, sloughs, swamps, and tillable land.
Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota
and the City of Red Wing
Aided by a Grant from the
Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation
Erected 1955 by the Geological Society of Minnesota, and the City of Red Wing aided by a grant from the
Location. 44° 33.774′ N, 92° 31.442′ W. Marker is in Red Wing, Minnesota, in Goodhue County. Marker is on Skyline Drive 0.9 miles from East 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Memorial Park at an overlook atop of Sorin's Bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Red Wing MN 55066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mt. La Grange – Barn Bluff (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kiwanis Stairway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barn Bluff (approx. 0.4 miles away); The G.A. Carlson Lime Kiln (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Remember the Maine (approx. half a mile away); National Newspaper Association (approx. half a mile away); T.B. Sheldon Memorial Auditorium (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red Wing.
Also see . . . Geology of Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 9, 2011.)
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