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402. Structural Geology of the Subprovince Boundaries in the Archean Superior Province of Northern Minnesota and Adjacent Ontario.
Wed.–Sat., 5–8 Oct. US$484 (L, R, 3ON).
Cosponsor: GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division.
Leaders: Basil Tikoff, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison; Robert L. Bauer; Dyanna M. Czeck; Peter Hudleston.
This trip will cross into Canada; passports required.
Primary leader bio: Professor of geoscience at the Univ. of Wisconsin.
Primary leader experience: I have done research in northern Minnesota and adjacent Ontario and am an expert is transpressional deformation. I have led multiple field trips in other areas, often associated with GSA national and sectional meetings.
408. Southern Outlet and Basin of Glacial Lake Agassiz.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. US$181 (L, R, 1ON).
Cosponsors: GSA Divisions: Limnogeology; Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology.
Leaders: Timothy G. Fisher, Univ. of Toledo; Allan C. Ashworth; Ken Lepper; Howard Cory Hobbs.
Primary leader bio: Ph.D. 1993 Univ. of Calgary (geomorphology, glaciology and quaternary research); Ph.D. thesis: “Glacial Lake Agassiz: The northwest outlet and paleoflood spillway, N.W. Saskatchewan and N.E. Alberta.” M.Sc. 1989 Queen’s Univ. (glacial sedimentology and geomorphology); thesis: “Rogen Moraine formation: examples from three distinct areas within Canada.” B.Sc. 1987 Univ. of Alberta; physical geography honors thesis: “Debris entrainment in the subpolar glaciers of Phillips Inlet, Northwest Ellesmere Island.”
Primary leader experience: I have co-led a north central FOP trip; professor for 17 years; published 50 peer-reviewed papers with 18 of them dealing with the history of glacial Lake Agassiz. My Agassiz papers are data rich and over the years have refuted many postulated reconstructions of the lake. I have made eight different field excursions to the southern outlet of Lake Agassiz during the past 15 years collecting data and am very familiar with the area.
410. Classic Precambrian Geology of Northeastern Minnesota.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. US$222 (L, R, 1ON).
Leaders: Mark A. Jirsa, Univ. of Minnesota; John C. Green.
Primary leader bio: B.S., Univ. of Wisconsin (1976); M.S., Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth (1980). Senior scientist for the Minnesota Geological Survey (1979–present). Work utilizes the combination of geophysical, geochemical, and structural data acquired from drill core and outcrop to improve and convey the understanding of Minnesota’s Precambrian terranes. Authored and co-authored more than 125 maps, publications, and abstracts. Secretary-treasurer of Institute on Lake Superior Geology (1994–present); field camp instructor for Precambrian Research Center, Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth (2007–present).
Primary leader experience: More than 30 years mapping and research experience, focused primarily on Precambrian terranes of the Canadian Shield. Leader and co-leader of many, many field trips.
414. Geology under the Surface: Lake Superior and the Research Vessel Blue Heron.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$105 (L, D).
Leaders: Richard D. Ricketts, Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth; Steven Colman; Thomas C. Johnson.
Primary leader bio: B.S., Ohio State Univ., 1991, Ph.D., Duke Univ., 1996; Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth research associate and marine superintendent since 1997; adjunct assistant professor in geological sciences since 2004.
Primary leader experience: Richard Ricketts’ research has focused on understanding past climate change in a variety of settings. He has worked on lakes in East Africa, Central Asia, and Tibet and during these expeditions has used a wide range of water sampling, sediment coring, and geophysical tools to collect data. In addition to his research, Ricketts has been the marine superintendent for the Univ. of Minnesota’s research vessel, the Blue Heron, since 1998. In this capacity, he has facilitated the funding and logistics of sending an 87-ft research vessel out on the Great Lakes for over 75 days a year. He also regularly participates in educational cruises to demonstrate to students the R/V Blue Heron’s wide range of capabilities and has taught oceanography at the Univ. of Minnesota–Duluth.
415. Cycling the Mississippi River Gorge.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$68 (B, L, R).
Cosponsors: Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul; Fort Snelling State Park; Freewheel Bike Co-op; Mill City Museum; Minnesota Historical Society; National Park Service; Nice Ride Minnesota; Subaru of America; Trek Bicycles; Minnesota Ground Water Association; Univ. of Minnesota–St. Anthony Falls Laboratory and Dept. of Geology & Geophysics; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Leaders: Scott C. Alexander, Univ. of Minnesota; Kent Kirkby; Rebecca Clotts.
Primary leader bio: Scott Alexander is a research scientist in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics at the Univ. of Minnesota. His duties include technical oversight and supervision of hydrogeochemistry, fluormetrics, and analog fluid hydrology laboratories. Specific duties include collection of groundwater and surface-water samples for chemical and isotopic analysis, development of analytical techniques utilizing chemical and fluorescence properties of natural and synthetic materials, and development of tools to measure fluid properties. Additional duties include coordination of the Hydrogeology Field Camp. He also works as an environmental health specialist in the Dept. of Environmental Health & Safety at the Univ. of Minnesota. Duties include management and reporting of NPDES permits to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, management and oversight of the University’s MS4 EPA stormwater permit, and development of official University Policy and Procedures on hydrologic issues relating to groundwater and stormwater on all Univ. of Minnesota campuses. Both of these positions require scientific and administrative skills while interacting with students, professors, administrators, facilities staff, and trades people. Specific tasks include writing and review of grant proposals and research papers, development and management of laboratory analytical and safety procedures, quarterly and annual reporting of results, and oversight of storm water related issues at campus construction projects.
Primary leader experience: Scott Alexander is an avid cyclist who has conducted research into hydrogeology and been involved with construction projects along the length of the proposed route.
416. Southeastern Minnesota Karst Hydrogeology: New Insights from Data Loggers, Tracing, LiDAR, and Hydrophysics.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$113 (L, D, R).
Cosponsors: Driftless Area Initiative; Minnesota Ground Water Association; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; National Speleological Society; Trout Unlimited; GSA Divisions: Hydrogeology, Geobiology & Geomicrobiology, Environmental and Engineering Geology, Geology and Society, Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology.
Leaders: E. Calvin Alexander, Univ. of Minnesota; Jeffrey A. Green; Anthony Runkel; Katherine J. Logan.
Primary leader bio: Morse-Alumni Professor of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Minn.; faculty member in the Geology & Geophysics Dept., Univ. of Minn. 1973 to present; Postdoc, Physics, Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley, 1970-1973; Ph.D., chemistry, Univ. of Missouri at Rolla, 1970; B.Sc., chemistry Oklahoma State Univ., 1966.
Primary leader experience: For the past 44 years, my research has focused on planetology, isotope geochemistry, and karst hydrogeology. I have been studying the brines, groundwater, biogeohydrogeology and post-mining deposits of the Soudan Mine for six years. I have led half a dozen field trips for colleagues, classes, and legislators to the Soudan Mine State Historic Park. The brines and their secondary deposits may serve as an analog for features visible in Mars orbital photographs. We have assembled a multidisciplinary team of researcher to characterize the complex microbiology living in the concentrated CaCl2 brines that emerge from 2.7 billion year-old rocks in the mine. This field trip will feature the brines, their secondary deposits, and the geomicrobiology of this fascinating microbial ecology.
417. Geology of the Ice Age Trail.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$91 (L, R).
Leaders: David M. Mickelson, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison; Mark D. Johnson; Kent M. Syverson.
Primary leader bio: David Mickelson has taught courses such as glacial geology and geology of Wisconsin for over 30 years and published numerous papers on genesis of glacial features and Wisconsin geology.
Primary leader experience: Mickelson has studied and mapped glacial deposits in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years and is just completing a book on the Geology of the Ice Age Trail.
419. Flaming Meteors, Dark Caves, and Raging Waters—Geological Curiosities of Western Wisconsin.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$84 (L, R).
Leaders: Jean Cunningham, Crystal Cave Inc.; William S. Cordua; S. Blaze Cunningham; Holly A.S. Dolliver.
Primary leader bio: Jeannie Place Cunningham has been co-owner of Crystal Cave, Spring Valley, Wisconsin, since 1986. She earned her B.S. degree in earth science from Univ. of Wisconsin–River Falls in 1975 and M.S. degree in geology from Univ. of New Mexico in 1980. Cunningham worked as an exploration geologist for Gulf Mineral Resources and Gulf Oil Corporation from 1976–1986. In 1986, she and her husband purchased Crystal Cave and have operated the facility since. Cunningham is a member of the National Speleological Society, Bat Conservation International, Minnesota Speleological Survey, Wisconsin Speleological Society, National Caves Association, and the Midwest Bat Working Group, all organizations associated with caves, karst, and karst conservation.
Primary leader experience: Jeannie Place Cunningham has been associated with Crystal Cave since her teen years when she was employed as a summer tour guide. The combination of working at the Cave and an excellent undergraduate geology faculty set a path for life. During her years as an exploration geologist, Cunningham spent many hours underground exploring caves of Wyoming and Montana. In 1986, she and her husband returned to Crystal Cave as owners, dedicated to providing every guest an educational yet entertaining visit to Crystal Cave. Currently, over 10,000 school-age children visit each year to learn about caves, karst and bats.
420. St. Anthony Falls Laboratory: Flumes, Experimental Landscapes, and a Waterfall.
Sat., 8 Oct. US$70 (L).
Cosponsors: National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics; St. Anthony Falls Laboratory; Univ. of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.
Leaders: Chris Paola, Univ. of Minnesota; Karen M. Campbell.
Primary leader bio: Chris Paola has been a member of the Dept. of Geology and Geophysics at the Univ. of Minnesota since 1983. His Sc.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. From 2003–2008, he served as director of the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics, headquartered at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory.
Primary leader experience: Chris Paola has been a faculty member at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory for most of his career at the Univ. of Minnesota. His research group is based at the laboratory and he directs the research in the Delta Basins and Experimental Earthscapes Facility, as well as many participating in many other aspects of research at the laboratory.
401. Classic Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposits of the Southern Canadian Shield.
Tues.–Sat., 4–8 Oct. — Canceled.
403. An Excursion to the Classic Bedrock Localities of Northern Minnesota with a Focus on Teaching and Learning in the Field.
Thurs.–Fri., 6–7 Oct. — Canceled.
404. Cu-Ni-PGE Deposits of the Duluth Complex.
Thurs.–Sat., 6–8 Oct. — Canceled.
405. Pedagogical Strategies for Introductory Geology Field Trips through an Examination of the Mississippi River Valley in the Twin Cities.
Fri., 7 Oct. — Canceled.
406. 3.5 Billion Years of Geologic History: A Teachers’ Guide to the Rocks of Southern Minnesota.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. — Canceled.
407. Late Paleoproterozoic Deformational, Metamorphic, and Magmatic History of East-Central Minnesota.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. — Canceled.
411. The History of Glacial Lake Benson.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. — Canceled.
412. A Glacial Record Spanning the Pleistocene in Southern Minnesota.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. — Canceled.
413. Groundwater and Surface Water of the Northern Highlands Lake District of Northern Wisconsin: 30 Years of Research in the Trout Lake Watershed.
Fri.–Sat., 7–8 Oct. — Canceled.
418. Application of LiDAR and Geophysics to Archeological Investigations in the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
Sat., 8 Oct. — Canceled.
421. Interpreting Genetic Origins of Landform Sediment Assemblages within the Upper Mississippi River Valley and Tributaries in the Twin Cities Area of Minnesota.
Sat.–Sun., 8–9 Oct. — Canceled.