Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

$29.95  $27.85
University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Sue Leaf is author of The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake; A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts; and Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life, all published by Minnesota. She also wrote Potato City: Nature, History, and Community in the Age of Sprawl. Trained as a zoologist, she writes on environmental topics and is editor of the newsletter of the Wild River Audubon Society of east-central Minnesota.


"Sue Leaf has done a great service for the people of Minnesota and beyond by telling the story of Newton Horace Winchell so thoughtfully and beautifully. Readers of Minnesota's Geologist will be rewarded with new insights into why the world around us functions as it does. This is a book that I've been hoping for."--Harvey Thorleifson, director, Minnesota Geological Survey

"Minnesota's Geologist is an engaging biography of a pioneering scientist and a vivid tour through Minnesota's landscape. Sue Leaf weaves the geology and natural history of the state seamlessly through the narrative of Winchell's life and boundless curiosity. The reader travels with Leaf, following Winchell's steps through Minnesota and beyond."--Julie Bartley, Gustavus Adolphus College

"A fascinating and delightful story of Newton Horace Winchell's personal and professional life, from a sixteen-year-old schoolteacher to the director of the Minnesota Geological Survey. Follow him throughout the state as he studies the varied geology of Minnesota. Sue Leaf conducted thorough research, and this book will be appreciated by everyone, not only geologists!"--Richard W. Ojakangas, professor emeritus, University of Minnesota Duluth

"Imagine being hired to map Minnesota's geology, by canoe, horse, or train--in just twenty years! Newton Horace Winchell embarked on this mission when both he and the field of geology were young, and Sue Leaf lets you tag along. She blows dust off of his annual reports, adds detail with letters and newspapers, and deftly places Winchell in American Progressive Era history and Minnesota in earth history."--Carrie Jennings, research and policy director, Freshwater Society