Minnesota did not officially become a state until May 11, 1858. But its history goes back much farther than that. Before European settlers arrived, Native American groups lived on these lands. Their ancestors, Paleo-Indian peoples, lived for millennia before them. And even before the first people arrived on this land, geologic processes shaped and changed what we now call Minnesota.

All of this to say that the land that makes up Minnesota is very old. So old, in fact, that some of the rocks now found in our state are among the oldest rocks on Earth. You can visit a little-known Minnesota nature area to see them for yourself. Read on below to learn more:

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Have you ever visited Morton Outcrops SNA? Let us know what you thought in the comments! And if you’re interested in visiting other interesting SNAs across Minnesota, check out our past articles about Butterwort Cliffs SNA and Falls Creek SNA.

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