Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge seen against a pink sunrise.
Photo: Visit Duluth

North-Central Section

Call for Papers

Abstract deadline: 18 February, 11:59 p.m. PST

Abstract submission fee: US$18 for students and US$30 for all others.

If you cannot submit an abstract online, please contact Heather Clark, +1-303-357-1018, hclark@geosociety.org.

Submit an Abstract


Rock slabs on a lakeshore display glacial polishing and striations.
Glacial striations on mid-continent rift basalts along the shores of Lake Superior.

Early registration deadline: 13 April

Cancellation deadline: 20 April

Registration opens in February. For further information or if you need special accommodations, please contact one of the general co-chairs, Karen Gran, kgran@d.umn.edu, or Harry Jol, jolhm@uwec.edu.

About Duluth

We are excited to bring the GSA 2020 North-Central Section Annual Meeting up north to Duluth, Minnesota, USA. Perched on the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth offers unparalleled beauty and natural amenities. The meeting will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, within walking distance of the thriving Canal Park district and downtown Duluth. Field trip opportunities let you explore a range of geologic history: step back into the Precambrian to the Duluth complex or Mesabi Iron Range, trek up to the Gunflint Trail to see ejecta from the Sudbury impact, explore Quaternary history recorded in proglacial lake deposits, investigate modern processes ranging from landslides to peatlands to environmental remediation, or learn more about the depths of Lake Superior onboard the Research Vessel Blue Heron. Come north for a geologic adventure!


Hotel registration deadline: 27 April

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Canal Park Lodge (+1-218-279-6000), which is a few blocks from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), where the meeting will be held, for US$119/room, and at the Holiday Inn & Suites (+1-218-722-1202) in downtown Duluth for US$114/room. The Holiday Inn is connected to the DECC via the downtown skyway system. Please call hotels directly and reference the group code of NCGSA20 when reserving a room. Dormitory rooms are also available at the University of Minnesota Duluth and can be reserved online. Get more information and make reservations. UMD is a 10-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride (DTA) from the DECC.

Fireplace and leather furniture.
Canal Park Lodge
Duluth, Minnesota


Karen Gran,

Harry Jol,

Technical Program Chair:
Chad Wittkop,

Field Trip Chair:
Carrie Jennings,

Sponsorship Chair:
Howard Mooers,

Exhibits Chair:
Erik Brown,

Student Programs/Student Volunteer Chair:
Juk Bhattacharyya,

Doug Ricketts,

Short Course Chair:
Josh Feinberg,

Iconic rendition of Lake Superior with text: GSA North-Central, Duluth 2020, Superior Rocks.
RISE logo


Abstracts Due:
18 February

Early Registration Ends:
13 April

Hotel Deadline:
27 April