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Geology for Tourists

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Our Northwoods land of lakes is the result of billions of years of geological processes. Sometimes incredibly violent, these geological actions have left evidence in plain sight. In fact, geologists from around the world come here to study.

In Geology for Tourists, you will learn about the processes of geological cycles and about the main types of rock and formations which give evidence of our violent geological past.

Friday, June 3, 10:00-Noon: Join us for a FREE, two-hour presentation at the Mercer Community Center, open to the public. The presentation with Richard Thiede will focus on the main events and processes of our geological history, from a molten ball to shallow ocean to a mountain range not unlike the Tetons to our beloved Northern Highlands and the geological basis of our thousands of lakes. You’ll see examples of the main rock and mineral types from our area.

This event is sponsored by Fe University and the Mercer Public Library. Registration is NOT required.

Richard Thiede is a retired science teacher and business owner. His passion for geology began in 2005 when he moved to the Northwoods. For the Fe University field trip, Richard will team up with Tony Stella, who received a degree in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Texas, Austin. He practiced mineral law while employed by Exxon Mobil.

Optional field trip sponsored by Fe University

On Saturday, June 4, registered participants can join a 6-hour tour led by Richard Thiede and Tony Stella. You will stand on a 2.8-billion-year-old rock formation, part of the first stable earth crust, and see evidence of powerful erosive processes. You will see an amazing rock formation, startlingly demonstrating the power of explosive volcanic activity. You will search a rock outcrop for evidence of the exact timeframe of the arising of life on earth. You will observe the results of the rending of the earth’s crust and its healing. You will learn of the cataclysm which ended the deposition of Iron County’s name mineral and tour the last remaining evidence of our mining heritage. The cost for the field trip is $50, which includes a bus tour and box lunch. You must register in advance for the tour at FeUniversity.org.


June 3
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mercer Public Library
Fe University


Mercer Community Center
2648W Margaret Street
Mercer, WI 54547 United States
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