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The Physical Geography of Wisconsin
Lawrence Martin
Foreword by George F. Hanson



The immensely varied topography of Wisconsin provides examples of nearly every important physiographic process and topographic form.


In the Driftless Area to the southwest, wind and water have weathered and carved away the countryside; along the Mississippi and other rivers are found most of the essential features of stream erosion and deposition; in the north and east glaciers have ground away the hills and left their mark on the plains and swamps.

The Physical Geography of Wisconsin, reprinted from the second edition, 1932, of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin No. XXXVI (1916), offers a clear explanation of these and many other physiographical processes to the student and amateur geographer alike. The topography of the state is discussed in detail and, where necessary, related to its human geography; and the author has carefully explained and indexed all unfamiliar terms. The book is well supplied with maps, charts, and illustrations, and will be an excellent supplementary reader or guide in field trips for geography courses at all levels.

Lawrence Martin (1880–1955) was professor of physiography and geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


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the cover of Martin's book is blue, with a white line drawing of the state of Wisconsin on the cover.

May 1965

636 pp.  5 1/2 x 8 1/2   36 illus.

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