New Book Explains IAT Glacial Geology

The cover of Geology of the Ice Age is a collage of a map, a Wisconsin geological formation, and a floating ice field.

Just released, a new guidebook to the trail's glacial geology is available for purchase at the Chippewa Moraine's Obey Interpretive Center. 

The book features topo maps of the trail, annotated with glacial features and accompanying explanatory text. There are also longer articles on various ice age phenomena viewable along the trail, along with plenty of photos and illustrations.

You can also order the 8"x10" soft-cover book from the Ice Age Trail Alliance web site.

Copies purchased at the Interpretive Center cost $35, and member copies are $28. 

If you hike the trail, and are interested in glacial geology, you're going to want to have this book. 


Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr., and Susan L. Simpson

“A book with excellent site-specific glacial geologic illustrations and explanations. It will bring the geology of the Ice Age Trail and Ice Age National Scientific Reserve alive for hikers and non-hikers alike.”

—Kent M. Syverson, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail meanders across the state of Wisconsin through scenic glacial terrain dotted with lakes, steep hills, and long, narrow ridges. David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr., and Susan L. Simpson bring this landscape to life and help readers understand what Ice Age Wisconsin was like. An overview of Wisconsin’s geology and key geological concepts helps readers understand geological processes, materials, and landforms. The authors detail geological features along each segment of the Ice Age Trail and at each of the nine National Ice Age Scientific Reserve sites.

Readers can experience the Ice Age Trail through more than one hundred full-color photographs, scores of beautiful maps, and helpful diagrams. Science briefs explain glacial features such as eskers, drumlins, and moraines. Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail also includes detailed trail descriptions that are cross referenced with the science briefs to make it easy to find the geological terms used in the trail descriptions. Whatever your level of experience with hiking or knowledge of glaciers, this book will provide lively, informative, and revealing descriptions for a new understanding of the shape of the land beneath our feet.

“The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a pleasure to hike, and also tells a story: how the advance and retreat of continental glaciers sculpt a landscape. Up until now, those wanting to dig in and better understand that story have not had a comprehensive guide to take along on hikes to interpret the landscape features highlighted on the Ice Age Trail. This book fills in a huge gap in efforts to promote the Ice Age Trail not only as a recreational resource but also as an educational one.”

—Mike Wollmer, Executive Director, Ice Age Trail Alliance

David M. Mickelson and Louis J. Maher Jr. are both emeriti professors and senior scientists in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

Susan L. Simpson is a writer and editor who has worked for the National Park Service and other conservation organizations.