Geosciences Department 2009

Take a Virtual tour of the IPFW Geogarden

   This self-guided tour is designed to increase your knowledge of common rocks found in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. All of the specimens in the Geogarden (which is located adjacent to Kettler Hall on the IPFW campus) were collected in the Ardmore Avenue Quarry of France Stone and in the Lower Huntington Road Pit of Brudi Stone and Gravel. The specimens were donated to the campus by these companies.
    With two exceptions, all of the rocks shown in the geogarden originated in Canada. They formed during Precambrian time and were transported into northern Indiana during the Late Wisconsinan Stage of the Pleistocene Ice Ages, about 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. The main transporting agents were the enormous glaciers of the Pleistocene, but the last transportation and deposition of some of the boulders was accomplished by meltwater streams that issued from the glaciers. Most of the larger rocks were found in clayey glacial till, deposited directly from the ice itself, but some of the smaller rounded boulders were found in outwash gravel.

     Click on the map to jump to the numbered sample.

   The IPFW Geogarden is located in an area adjacent to Kettler Hall. It is a pleasant space for students, staff and faculty and serves as a valuable teaching resource for students in our introductory geology classes, as well as area schools. Signage for the geogarden was purchased with generous donations from the friends and former students of Jack Sunderman, founding member of the Geosciences Department, on the occasion of his retirement in 1994.

Some Background on Rocks and Minerals

   Rocks are composed of minerals, mineraloids, glass and organic debris. Composition and texture [shape, size, arrangement] serve as the basis for the classification of all rocks. In all the world there are only three general types of rock: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. Examples of all three are found within the IPFW geogarden.

Igneous rocks

Sedimentary Rocks

Metamorphic Rocks

Special Mention

The Sundial




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