Great Lakes Section – SEPM

SEPM Logo2016 Fall Field Conference:
Glacial and postglacial sedimentation in Northwest Lower Michigan

Tentative Date: October 14-16, 2016 

Leader: Kevin Kincaire (US Geological Survey)

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.) as well as reshaping the land by post-glacial processes, especially 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 armoured 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.  An additional (and informal) 1/2 day field trip will be offered on Friday afternoon to see deformed deltaic sediments of the Lake Border moraine for those who want to come up a bit early. It's right on the way to the main field trip area and, let's face it, how often do you get to see a giant diapir of till?

For more information, contact Kevin Kincaire.

 rock face and shovel

GLS-SEPM Best Student Papers Awarded, 2015 North Central Section GSA Meeting, Madison, WE

Best Undergraduate Student Paper ($100) – Elizabeth Olree (University of Nebraska at Omaha) and Harmon Maher, Jr., Stratigraphic analysis of half grabens in the White River Group of NW South Dakota.

Best Graduate Student Paper ($200) – Mathew Rine (Western Michigan U.), Dave Barnes, and William Harrison III, Evaluating the sequence stratigraphic relationships, lithofacies, and petrophysical properties of the Silurian (Niagaran) reefs for the purpose of CCUS and EOR in the Michigan Basin

The awards include 1 year free membership in GLS-SEPM and free registration for the next GLS-SEPM field conference. Further, the graduate student award also includes travel support of up to $1,500 from the Mobil Foundation's Student Travel Fund to present the paper at the next annual AAPG/SEPM convention. 


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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