Scandia bike tour to function area’s geology – Twin Cities


Bicyclists who take component in subsequent month’s Cycling Scandia occasion will get a geology lesson in addition to a 15-mile exercise.

Geologist Dale Setterholm, who retired in February as associate director of the Minnesota Geological Survey at the University of Minnesota, will lead the Scandia Rocks and Rolls bike tours, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. five.

Dale Setterholm explains an fascinating geologic function in the course of the Scandia Rocks and Rolls Geology Bike Tour on June 1, 2019. (Courtesy of Len Martinez)

Setterholm will highlight the area’s geologic options at 5 stops along the tour. Amongst them: an esker, a lengthy, sinuous ridge of gravel that formed as water flowed down into, and then beneath, glacial ice.

Riders also will have a possibility to study Massive Marine Lake, which was formed by glacial ice that filled a valley carved into older bedrock under.

“The ice was buried in glacial sediment,” Setterholm mentioned. “When it ultimately melted, the collapse made a low spot on the landscape that now hosts the lake.”

Informational booklets will be obtainable for cyclists to reference.

Tours are $24 per particular person riders need to be 18 or older. Helmets are necessary security vests will be offered by Cycling Scandia.

The ride begins in the parking lot of the Scandia Neighborhood Center and ends at Gammelgården Museum, exactly where pie and refreshments will be served.

Registration is restricted. For extra facts, go to


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