Institute on Lake Superior Geology Conference to be held in Terrace Bay

May 3, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The 65th annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology Conference will be held in Terrace Bay, Ont. from Tuesday, May 7 to Friday, May 10. 

Approximately 125 geologists from across North America will converge on Terrace Bay to participate in several technical sessions and have the opportunity to attend field trips highlighting the geology of the north shore of Lake Superior, including past-producing mines and quarries, and the meteorite impact site preserved on the Slate Islands. 

Four field trips will take place prior to the conference and four after.

Technical sessions will be on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 and will include talks and poster presentations on a diverse range of topics, including mining, early life on earth and geoarchaeology.   

The Institute on Lake Superior Geology was formed in 1955 as a non-profit, professional society in order to provide a forum for the exchange of geological ideas and scientific data and promoting a better understanding of the geology of the Lake Superior region. The major activity of the Institute is an annual meeting with geological field trips and technical presentations.

This year’s meeting will be in Michael King Hall at the Cultural Centre in Terrace Bay.

Dr. Peter Hollings and staff from the Department of Geology at Lakehead University, along with colleagues from the Ontario Geological Survey and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, have assumed key roles in organizing this meeting and leading field trips.

The Department of Geology is pleased to promote this event, as the institute's activities and this meeting highlight the research activities of Lakehead University faculty and students.

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