REPORT OF THE 45TH ANNUAL MEETING
INSTITUTE ON LAKE SUPERIOR GEOLOGY
REPORT ON THE 45TH ANNUAL MEETING OF
THE INSTITUTE ON LAKE SUPERIOR GEOLOGY, MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN
The 45th Annual Meeting of the Institute on Lake Superior Geology was
held in Marquette, Michigan May 4-8, 1999 at the Ramada Inn. The
meeting was co-sponsored by Northern
Michigan University and Michigan Technological University. Robert S.
Regis and Theodore J. Bornhorst co-chaired the annual meeting. The
meeting was well attended with ]20 geoscientists registering from 10
different states, three Canadian provinces, and Switzerland. The
meeting consisted of two pre-technical session and two post-technical
session field trips, two days of technical sessions, and an evening
The Proceedings Volume 45 was published in two parts. Part 1- Program
and Abstracts was edited by Robert S. Regis and Theodore J. Bornhorst.
There were 33 published abstracts for the 22 oral and 1] poster
presentations given in the technical sessions. Part 2 - Field Trip
Guidebook, was edited by Theodore J. Bornhorst. There were 4 field
trips and for two of them there were separate papers with supplementary
information. The guidebook contained several colored maps and
Field trips continue to be an important component of the annual meeting
of ILSG evidenced by 76% of attendees participating in 1 or more field
trips. The guidebook contains 4 field trips:
Field trip 1 was titled
"Early Proterozoic strata of the Marquette iron range, Michigan" and
was lead by W.F. Cannon. This one-day field trip had 30 participants
who visited classic geologic localities in the Marquette area.
2 was titled "Archean Ishpeming greenstone belt and gold
mineralization, Michigan" and was lead by T.O. Quigley, RA. Mahin, D.J.
Duskin, R.C. Johnson, TJ. Bornhorst, and G.W. Scott. This two-day field
trip had 28 participants and visited localities focused on lithology,
structure, and gold mineralization. New data on several gold prospects
3 was titled "Tilden and Empire Mines of the Marquette iron
range, Michgian" and was lead by G.W. Scott, P.M. Nordstrom, and H.M.
Lukey. This one-day trip was very well attended with 45 participants.
We thank the Tilden Mining Company and the Empire Iron Mining
Partnership for allowing access to these two iron mines. Participants
of this one-day field trip visited localities within the open-pit
mines. This was the first time ILSG has visited either of these two
mines. The last time a Michigan iron mine was visited by an ILSG field
trip was 27 years ago in 1972.
4 was titled "Paleozoic and glacial strata from Au Train to
Grand Marais, Michigan" and was lead by R.S. Regis and J. Anderton.
This one-day field trip had 16 participants. This is the first time
ILSG has had a field trip in the Munising area and participants were
able to see and learn about the geology of the Pictured Rocks National
The banquet was attended by 99 out of the 120 participants at the
annual meeting. Nelson Ham of St. Norbert College gave an excellent
talk on glacial processes along the southern edge of the Laurentide ice
sheet. A highlight of the banquet was the awarding of the 1999 Goldich
medal to Tsu-Ming Han for his contributions to the North American iron
ore industry. It is interesting to note that Tsu-Ming delivered a paper
at the first ILSG annual meeting in 1955 and another at this meeting
some 45 years later.
The technical sessions included two invited papers: "Cross Margin
Transport in Lake Superior" presented by Sarah Green and "A New
Approach to Historical Reconstruction: Combining Descriptive and
Experimental Paleolimnology" presented by Charlie Kerfoot. We are
grateful to the solicited presentations made by industry personnel
associated with Cliffs Mining Services, Tilden Mining Company and
Empire Iron Mining Partnership. Two students were selected for
outstanding presentations. Ulrich Puschner (Basel, Switzerland) was
awarded $150 for his poster paper on metamorphism of the Portage Lake
Volcanics in Michigan and Joy Loughry (Univ. Minnesota-Morris) was
awarded $150 for her oral presentation on the Crowduck Lake Group,
Kenora, Ontario. Three students, David Ams (Kent State Univ., Ohio),
Dyana Czeck (Univ. Minnesota), and Ulrich Puschner were awarded
Eisenbrey Student Travel Awards for a totalof$800. All of these
students presented papers at the meeting.
The Institute's Board of Directors met on May 6, 1999 and the following
is an overview of the meeting.
1. Accepted the Report of the Chairs
for the 44th ILSG.
2. Accepted the 1998-99 ILSG financial report. There was discussion on
methods to encourage student attendance through monetary and other
means. A lower cost for students to attend field trips, just like
meeting registration, was acceptable.
3. Discussed guidelines for the Goldich Award.
4. Maintained the composition of the Goldich Medal Committee for one
5. Discussed recasting of the Goldich Medal.
6. Discussed and approved 2000 meeting location in Thunder Bay with
Kissin and Fralick as co-chairs.
7. Discussed the possibility of a 2001 meeting in Sault Ste Marie,
8. Discussed defraying the meeting expenses for the
secretary-treasurer. The Board approved waiving registration for all
meeting events (registration, field trips, and banquet).
9. Approved a Corporate Resolution for the secretary-treasurer to
conduct investments. 10. Reaffirmed Board commitment to the ILSG
Newsletter and Web page. The Web page will be reorganized by Laurel
Woodruff and Ted Bornhorst.
11. Agreed that only one of the two co-chairs would continue as primary
board member. Ted Bornhorst will be the representative from the 1999
We wish to thank all of the people who lead and prepared materials for
the field trips and made presentations. While field trips continue as
the traditional strength of ILSG, the presentations provide a forum for
discussion of Lake Superior geology. Of course, there are many others
who we acknowledge for contributing to the success of a meeting
including the session chairs, best student paper award committee, ILSG
Board members, and the staff of the Ramada Inn. We especially thank
Suki Smaglik for all of her volunteer help with registration. Last we
thank all of those who attended the 45th annual ILSG meeting, for
without them there would not be an ILSG. Our "break even" budget model
was based on indicated pre-meeting interest. As a result of
higher attendance than expected and some unexpected additional monies,
the meeting generated a positive cash flow of a few thousands of
dollars for ILSG.
We are personally satisfied with the overall outcome of the meeting and
feel it was a success. While it is a lot of work to put on the ILSG
annual meeting, it was well worth the effort. We encourage others to
consider being chair or co-chairs of the ILSG annual meeting.
Ted Bornhorst and Bob Regis Co-Chairs
of the 45th Annual ILSG