Column: Ice Age shaped Indiana's landscape



Long before Indiana was Indiana, a river of ice glided across the state, bringing with it monsoon-like rains, mudflows to rival Mount St. Helens and rich sediment deposits that to this day nourish the crops that are the backbone of the Hoosier economy.

Indiana the state has been 200 years in the making. Indiana the place goes back 2 million years to a time when ice sheets blanketed the middle latitudes and shaped the landscape we know today.

Virtually all aspects of modern Indiana were “in one way or another affected by some facet of the Ice Age,” geologist Anthony Fleming said.

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