Ann Arbor on Ice
Moraine, kame, outwash plain, kettle, kettle lake: Ann Arbor has them all. Our topographically rich town is part of a larger interlobate region spread across the southern Lower Peninsula. According to MSU geography professor Randall Schaetzl, in his book Michigan Geography & Geology, this interlobate region--"where a sort of glaciological train wreck among the Michigan, Saginaw, and Huron-Erie glacial lobes left a tangled mass of sandy, glacial debris"--is unique among all the Midwestern states. As it turns out, this glacial landscape makes Ann Arbor one diverse and distinctive place--something we've recognized all along.
[Originally published in September, 2013.]