2016 Michigan-Ontario (27 Aug – 2 Sep)


Shortly before the Fall semester began, Kacey Lohman, Adam Simon, and Peter Knoop lead the students on a field trip through Michigan and Ontario. The trip left Ann Arbor, MI on Saturday, 27 August, and returned on Friday, 2 September; beating the Labor Day rush as we headed south, back to Ann Arbor, while everyone else was headed north.

2016 Michigan-Ontario Photos and Videos

We spent time near Elliot Lake examining diamictites and stromatolites that record oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere, in Sudbury exploring evidence of a giant asteroid impact and the resulting ore deposits, and in Michigan’s UP investigating historic iron mining, banded-iron formations (BIFs), and Cambrian-Ordovician sedimentary environments in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As on all of our field trips, students were encouraged to look at the rocks and develop their best scenarios for their field observations. Students also learned how to pack up camp really quick in the dark to avoid a thunderstorm, how to make wonderfully delicious shish kabobs over the camp fire, and spent a lot of time discussing life and career paths with the faculty. The trip provided a wonderful opportunity to connect the students to the geologic events that make humans possible and enrich the fabric of modern society.


End of Trip

While the Florida field trip is not yet over, I myself am at the Miami airport awaiting a flight to Turkey. I’ll be participating in a Kelsey Museum archaeological project at Notion for the next three weeks. So sadly I am missing the last few outcrops and the drive back to Ann Arbor.  

I wish everyone safe travels home. And, I look forward to sharing more photographs, especially the GoPro pictures and videos folks took during our snorkeling trips, soon. 


Returning to dock at Pennekamp brings to an end the group portion of our trip. From here we have several people heading off to Alabama to collect samples for research. We have one heading to the Miami airport to join an archaeological expedition in Turkey. And, several more to drop off tomorrow along the way back north through at the University of Florida and near Orlando. 


Dry Rocks

Everyone is excited to be back on the water! The first stop on today’s snorkel trip is Dry Rocks. This sites gives us a chance to explore the fore-reef and some deeper back reef and channel sections, as compared with last Monday’s visit to Grecian Rocks.