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Geologic Time in the Islands

  • Madeline Island Museum 226 Colonel Woods Avenue La Pointe, WI, 54850 United States (map)
Photo courtesy of Mary Dougherty

Photo courtesy of Mary Dougherty

Wednesday, August 3rd
Madeline Island Museum

Free and Open to the Public

Geologic Time in the Islands

Speaker: Tom Fitz, Associate Professor of Geoscience, Northland College

Professor Fitz will compare and contrast geologic time scales to our own perspective of time in our daily lives. He will discuss how the processes acting over geologic time have created the Apostle Islands of today. There will be rocks, sediments, maps and lots of stories from the past and present.


At Northland College, Tom Fitz teaches Geology and Agriculture. His passion is to learn and teach about Earth’s history and humans’ relationship to the Earth. He became fascinated by geology as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in geology at the University of Minnesota — Duluth, and the University of Delaware, respectively. He spent several years working in apple orchards in his home town of Harvard, Massachusetts, where he learned a lot about agriculture and soils. Tom has been a dedicated teacher since he started as an undergraduate lab assistant and has earned teaching awards at all of the institutions where he has taught. He enjoys outdoor activities, especially bicycling and Nordic skiing, and he continues to garden and grow fruit trees as a hobby.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund.