Glacial Geomorphology

The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is mapping the glacial geology of southwestern Michigan under the National Geologic Mapping Act of the U.S. Geological Survey. This program is part of Michigan Geological Survey's mapping program. The landforms and sediments are studied to understand the stratigraphy, chronology and glacial depositional processes involved in their formation.


Students studying glacial geomorphology in the field.

Mapping provides geological information for use in:

  • Aggregate resource location
  • Land use planning
  • Decision making involving location of waste disposal facilities
  • Well head protection

Research methods include:

  • Clay mineralogy
  • Gamma ray logging of test holes and newly drilled water wells
  • Test drilling by rotasonic and other techniques