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EarthCache

Twin Valley Terminal Moraine

A cache by CommanderUSN
Hidden : 4/29/2008
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

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Geocache Description:

Twin Valley Moraine



These coordinates will take you to a red rock with signs nearby that you will need to answer the questions required for a find on this Earth Cache.

The unique thing about this geological formation is that the glacier started receding from where you are standing and then stalled a short distance away. You can see the resulting "twin valley". There is a stone wall here made from glacial debris and excellent signage further describing this unique area.

Note: This is a "twofer" as Pope Farm Cache is near the same location.

Additionally, this is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

A terminal moraine, also called end moraine, is a moraine that forms at the end of a glacier. Terminal moraines mark the maximum advance of the glacier. An end moraine is at the present boundary of the glacier. Terminal moraines are one of the most prominent types of moraines in the Arctic. One famous terminal moraine is the Giant's Wall in Norway which, according to legend, was built by giants to keep intruders out of their realm. It is now known that terminal moraines are created at the edge of the greatest extent of the glacier. At this point, the debris that has been pushed by the front edge of the ice is driven no farther, but instead is dumped in a heap. Because the glacier acts very much like a conveyor belt, the longer it stays in one place, the greater the amount of material that will be deposited. The moraine is left as the marking point of the terminal extent of the ice.

In North America, the Outer Lands is a name given to the terminal moraine archipelago of the northeast United States (Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island and Long Island). Other prominent examples of terminal moraines are the Tinley Moraine and the Valparaiso Moraine, perhaps the best examples of terminal moraines in North America. These moraines are most clearly seen southwest of Chicago.

In Europe, virtually all the reliëf in the central Netherlands is made up of an extended terminal moraine. In Switzerland, alpine terminal moraines can be found, one striking example being the moraine at the end of the valley of the glacier Forno in the south-eastern canton of Graubünden near St. Moritz/ Maloja and the Italian border

Congratulations to Thunderslide on his FTF.


To obtain credit for this cache you must send me an e-mail with the answers to the following questions.
  • What is the name of the red stone in the stone wall?
  • How far did the glacier move this stone and from what other geological formation did the stone come? (not a volcano)
  • Using your GPS trip computer, how far is it from the "gate" in the stone wall on top of the first moraine (next to your present location) to the top of the second moraine (where the path turns to the West)?

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Last Updated: on 7/20/2014 2:14:07 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:14 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum