High moors, or raised bogs are a rather common physiographic feature of northern Europe, but in North America they are more or less limited to coasal areas. Some of these American raised bogs are described by Ganong (5) for New Brunswick, by Nichols (10) and Dachnowski (2) for Maine, and by Rigg (11) for southeastern Alaska. In more recent years a few raised bogs have also been reported for inland areas in North America. Gordon (7) described one at Urbana, Ohio, and Rigg (11, 12) one at Itaska Park, Minnesota, and another at Yellowstone Park.
All authors who described raised bogs stressed their infrequent occurrence, especially in interior locations. It was, therefore, more than the first thrill of contact with a raised bog which enthused the authors about discovery of a raised bog in centrally located Indiana. Naturally, a detailed study was planned at once. We called it Cabin Creek Raised Bog because of its location in the floodplain of Cabin Creek. The peat mass is a prominent feature of the landscape; it rises 10 feat above the floodplain at the maximum elevation. The answer to the question of its origin, nature of the peat, history of the development, and configuration of the topography now covered by the peat was sought in numerous borings and in pollen profile studies.