(Thunder Bay - May 19, 2005) A Lakehead University Geology professor is taking an active part in the promotion of the understanding of the geology of the Lake Superior region. Dr. Pete Hollings will be co-chairing the 51st Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology (ILSG) in Nipigon from May 24 to 28.
ILSG is a non-profit professional society which provides a forum for the exchange of geological ideas and scientific data to promote a better understanding of the geology of the region. The major activity of the Institute is its Annual Meeting with geological field trips and technical presentations.
"This is the first time the Annual Meeting has taken place in Nipigon, and it's a fantastic chance for us to communicate with other Geologists about the area," says Dr. Hollings. "This meeting will bring together over 120 geologists from across North America, and allows both academics and exploration geologists to share ideas. It truly is a learning and sharing opportunity."
The conference is a combination of field trips, technical sessions, award presentations, and poster presentations. Dr. Hollings, who is co-chairing the event with local Geologist Mark Smyk of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, will also be hosting one of the field trip, leading some technical sessions, and making a poster presentation.
The meeting will highlight the results of the Lake Nipigon Regional Geoscience Initiative, a research collaboration between Lakehead U, the Ontario Geological Survey, and the Ontario Prospector's Association, the results of which have led to increased exploration in the region.
Other Lakehead University Geologists also taking an active part in the Annual Meeting include Dr. Phil Fralick, Dr. Mary Louise Hill, Dr. Steve Kissin, and Dr. Andrew Conly.
For more information on the ILSG, visit http://www.lakesuperiorgeology.org/
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Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communication, Lakehead University, 343-8177 or 472-9113