14 Facts About Driftless Area


The Driftless Area escaped much of the scouring and depositional action by the continental glaciers that occurred during the last ice age, which created significant differences in the topography and drainage patterns within the unglaciated area compared to adjacent glaciated regions.

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Evidence from soil borings and recent Lidar imagery in the lower Wisconsin River valley in the Driftless area suggests that the river in the valley used to flow towards the east, rather than its present westerly course towards its confluence with the Mississippi River.

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All major rivers in and adjacent to the Driftless Area have deep, dramatic canyons giving testimony to the immense quantity of water which once surged through them as a result of the nearby melting Glaciers associated with the miles-high Ice sheets during recurring Ice ages.

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Midwest Driftless Area Restoration Effort is a multi-agency cooperative effort to restore the landscape.

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Driftless Area contains more than half of the world's algific talus slopes, a type of small, isolated ecosystem.

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The route of US Highway 20 through the Driftless Area, and particularly in Illinois, is a good example.

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Natural characteristics of the Driftless Area provide good conditions for growing crops and grazing livestock.

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Driftless Area Region Food and Farm Project, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is a coalition of sustainable-agriculture farmers, processors, distributors, chefs, planning commissions, and other participants.

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Fine-grained silica sand is typical of the Driftless Area and is mined for use primarily in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking".

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Rugged terrain comprising most of the Driftless Area is distinct from the rest of Wisconsin, and is known locally as the Coulee Region.

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The steep ridges, numerous rock outcroppings, and deep, narrow valleys in the Driftless Area are in marked contrast with the rest of the state, where glaciers have modified the landscape.

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Northeastern portion of the Driftless area was covered by or bordered by Glacial Lake Wisconsin during the Wisconsin glaciation.

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Highest point in the Driftless area is West Blue Mound, with an elevation of 1,719 feet.

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Illinois portion of the Driftless Area is confined mainly to Jo Daviess County; western parts of Carroll County and a tiny portion of northwest Whiteside County are included.

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