Formation of the North Dakota Landscape Glaciers

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The objective of this study is to research how glaciers affected the North Dakota landscape in relation to photographs taken of North Dakota. In doing so one can come to understand the landscape that the citizens of North Dakota see everyday depending on what part of the state they are located. In doing research at the library and using educational internet sources the glacier that covered most of North Dakota some twenty thousand years ago affected the state in two different ways as the western side is part of the Great Plains region and eastern half is part of the Central lowland plains which have two different types of landscapes. This study will briefly touch on the eastern half of North Dakota as the main focus is on the western half. The results show that the landscape of North Dakota as we see it today was affected by glaciers.
The art piece that was selected for this project is a photograph called West of Grassy Butte (1987). Grassy Butte is a town near the western border of North Dakota. Grassy Butte is part of the Great Plains. The photographer whom took the image was Wayne Gudmundson. Wayne (as of 2012) teaches photography at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His works have appeared in books, exhibits, and documentaries over the years of his work in photography. His photographs can be seen in many museums in North America; Fargo, ND, Tucson, Arizona, Montreal, Canada, New York, New York, San Francisco, California. Wayne who collaborated with Michael Moos created a book with photos and poems that related to the state of North Dakota called A Long Way to See, it was published in 1987 by North Dakota State University. Wayne spent a few years taking photographs of North Dakota and what his desire ...

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... to students in the future regarding the interdisciplinary approach may be how schools and businesses cope with rough North Dakota winters.
The project was beneficial in learning more about glaciers and how the North Dakota landscape formed because of the glaciers. The interdisciplinary approach was really neat and it will be beneficial for the future as a History education and Catholic studies major because nature has affected the outcome of history just as much as human action.

References Jon Erickson. (1996) Glacial Geology: How Ice Shapes The Land. The Changing Earth, p.176-196.
Wayne Gudmundson. (1987) West of Grassy Butte. A Long Way To See: Images and Voices of North Dakota, p. unnumbered.
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