Great Lakes Section – SEPM


2018 Fall Field Conference:




Glacial and Postglacial Sedimentation in Northwest Lower Michigan

6-7 October 2018

Trip Organizer: Kevin Kincare, U.S. Geological Survey, 412 Red Apple Rd, Manistee, MI 49660; 231-723-2211 x3108;

Outcrop and lakeshore images

This field trip will examine the late Wisconsin glacial deposits in Leelanau and Benzie Counties of the northwestern lower peninsula of Michigan, including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The dominant surficial landforms in this area are from the glacial advances during and after the Port Huron stadial (~13,000 14C years B.P.). In addition, the land was reshaped by post-glacial processes, especially related to glacial Lake Algonquin (10,300 14C years B.P.) and dune formation after 5,000 14C years B.P. Of particular interest will be new excavations in the highly lobate Manistee moraine that show glacial till at the bottom, lacustrine deposits in the middle, and cobble gravel at the top. If finding armored mudballs in unconsolidated sediments is your idea of a good time, if climbing ripples are your favorite sedimentary structure, then put away your rock hammer and grab your army shovel because this is the trip for you.  On the way up you can stop to see deformed deltaic sediments of the Lake Border moraine. How often do you get to see a giant diapir of till?

Rates: $90/ea, includes bus transport, 2 box lunches, dinner on Saturday, and the field guide. 

Conference Webpage and Registration: You are already on the web page! Because of the nature of transport and access, this trip is limited to 45 participants. Registration due to Kevin by 15 September. Please send a check to Kevin at the address above.

LodgingCrystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI, 855.995.5146. $129/night, double occupancy, use group code 4668ZV. There is also nearby camping at several State Forest sites, at Interlochen State Park, and private campgrounds. See linked flyer for (slightly) more information.

A more detailed flyer is here


GLS-SEPM Best Student Papers Awarded, 2018 North Central Section GSA Meeting, Ames, IA

Best Undergraduate Student Paper ($100) – Montana Kruske (Lake Superior State University), GPS examination of multi-year seasonal storm impacts on the subsurface depositional architectures on a beach in Grand Marais, MI.

Best Graduate Student Paper ($100) – Mohammad Shohel, (University of Iowa), Studying crystalline structure of conodont microfossils with x-ray diffraction

The awards include 1 year free membership in GLS-SEPM and free registration for the next GLS-SEPM field conference.  


The Great Lakes Section of the SEPM (GLS-SEPM) is a not-for-profit educational association affiliated with the national SEPM - Society for Sedimentary Geology. The objectives of this Section are (1) to promote the science of geology in the Great Lakes area of North America through research in sedimentology, sedimentary petrology, and stratigraphy, and (2) to exchange and disseminate information and to share experiences of mutual interest. Section membership is composed of professional and student geologists who work, reside, or have research interests in the Great Lakes area.

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