Mark J

I mapped the Pleistocene geology of Barron and Polk County in the 80's and the 90's, which resulted in two WGNHS bulletins, as well 4 scientific journal articles, including ones on the glacial Lake Lind varves and the genesis of glacial hummocks. Wisconsin has some of the most interesting glacial geology on the planet, and it has been a great honor to work on it! The WGNHS, and especially represented by my late advisor there, Lee Clayton, has the philosophy that the geologic information of most use to the state is in understanding the geologic story. That is, if one is interested in mineral resources, groundwater, gravel resources, etc., it is best to start with the detailed, ���academic' understanding of an area's geology instead of directly looking after minerals, water or gravel. By having a complete understanding of an area's geology and geological development, one is best equipped to answer whatever question society has that involves our earth. In this regard, mapping and writing for the survey has been exciting and fulfilling because not only could I investigate Wisconsin's geology and expand our understanding of glacial geology but also know that the products were of direct use to society.