1972 Field Conference

1972 Field Conference (Published in the MESTA E-News June 2013)

The Annual Field Conference in the Keweenaw Peninsula this past August (2013) marked the 40th anniversary of the first MESTA field trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This first event was held in June of 1972 when eight members spent 7 days studying the geology across the northern peninsula. To keep the cost down, and accommodate family activities, the group stayed at campgrounds during the trip.

After a stop at the U.S. Gypsum Mine in Alabaster, collecting Devonian Fossils and checking out the Karst features near Alpena, the itinerary included a stop at the giant limestone quarry at Rogers City. Doug Allen served as guide for the geology of Mackinac Island as conducted by a bike trip around the island. After inspecting the Mackinaw Breccia just north of the Big Mac the group visited the Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for a hike along Lake Superior to check out the Jacobsville and Munising Sandstones.

Modern mining methods were studied at the Republic Iron Mine and Pelletizing facility. This was followed by stops at numerous outcrops in the Ishpeming and Negaunee area. The trip concluded with a tour of a copper mine and many outcrops along the Keweenaw Peninsula. Art Weinle logged the entire trip in detail, which became the basis for numerous future MESTA Field Conferences in Michigan’s Northern Peninsula. It was 41 years ago this month (June 2013) that this small group of Michigan Earth Science Teachers explored the UP geology for the first time.

MESTA Members participating in the First UP Field Trip
Front Row: Doug Allen, Virginia Chamberlain, Rod Cranson, Steve Wessling
Back Row: Steve Tchozeski, Carol Dalebout, Art Weinle, ?

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