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Abelman's Gorge State Natural Area

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Ableman's Gorge is a classic gorge cut by the Baraboo River through Baraboo quartzite, Cambrian sandstone, and conglomerate. The cliffs and rocky slopes rise about 200 feet above the river to form a wall nearly three-fourths of a mile long, oriented east-west, which then abruptly turns south for a similar distance. The site tells a fascinating geological story of changing conditions in an ancient sea that first rose quietly against a cliff of quartzite and then, as layers of sediments gradually decreased the relief between sea floor and land, surged against the top of the cliff, wearing away quartzite and depositing a layer of cobbles and boulders across its upturned edge. Erosional forces and a former quarrying operation in the southern part of the natural area have re-exposed these long buried layers.

Nearby Places

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Butter Festival 6/16/2021 - 6/20/2021 Reedsburg - 4.95 miles away
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Downtown Baraboo Brew Ha-Ha 9/24/2021 Baraboo - 8.71 miles away
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ArtJune 6/19/2021 Baraboo - 8.84 miles away
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Portage City Flea Market 6/26/2021 Portage - 23.89 miles away
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Elroy Fair 6/24/2021 - 6/27/2021 Elroy - 24.13 miles away
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From Blocks to Rocks: Design Outside the Box (Ages 8-11) 6/14/2021 - 6/18/2021 Spring Green - 24.99 miles away
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Family Day 5/23/2021 Spring Green - 24.99 miles away