Events and Seminars

Upcoming Events

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Fall 2022 MGS Seminars

Fall 2022 MGS Seminars will be hosted virtually via Zoom and at least one seminar will be hybrid, held at the MGS and virtually via Zoom. Unless otherwise noted, they will take place on Thursdays at 12:10 PM. The Zoom link for the seminar will be sent out in the weekly seminar announcement. If you do not receive these announcements and wish to join us, please contact Tony Runkel at Also, please contact Tony Runkel in advance if you wish to attend in person. For those who attend virtually, please be patient as we do our best to provide a quality hybrid experience.

Thursday, October 6 (12:10 PM); HYBRID SEMINAR
Calvin Alexander
Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Minnesota
"Identifying Meteorites - Recognizing the Needle in the Haystack"

Thursday, October 20 (12:10 PM)
Rebecca Higgins
Hydrogeologist, East Metro Unit, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
"3M Settlement: Project 1007 Feasibility Study Progress"

Thursday, November 3 (12:10 PM)
Andy Wickert
Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Minnesota
Title TBD, but will be an informal presentation and discussion about Andy's regionally relevant research and potential for MGS collaboration

Thursday, November 10 (12:10 PM)
Bereket Haileab
Chair & Professor, Department of Geology, Carleton College
"Plio-Pleistocene Tephrostratigraphic Record in East Africa"

FRIDAY, December 2 (12:10 PM)
Peter Kang/Sang Lee/Seonkyoo Yoon
Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Minnesota
"Development of research & teaching integrated field site on UMN campus for multidisciplinary fractured rock hydrogeology"

Thursday, December 15 (12:10 PM)
Ben Drenth
Research Geophysicist, US Geological Survey
"New insights on the architecture of the Great Lakes tectonic zone in the central Upper Peninsula, Michigan"

Geologic Mapping Forum Online 2022-2023


As you know, exciting developments in geological mapping are intensifying. Societal needs are escalating, our capabilities are improving, and even more funding is arriving. We—MGS in coordination with AASG and NCGMP—therefore are pleased to announce that Thursday, 2-hour, Noon Central, Geologic Mapping Forum Online sessions will take place in the same format as last year, on Sep 29, Oct 27, Dec 1, Jan 26, Feb 23Mar 23, and Apr 20, plus Feb 9 if needed.

The intended GMF audience is geological map authors and program managers, and the focus again will be on geology rather than funding or GIS, which are covered by other meetings.

Abstracts for the 20-minute invited talks will be requested, and discussion sessions will be added as needed. Talks will be recorded and made available unless speakers request otherwise.

Separately, regional and topical workshops will be arranged, as needed, by NCGMP.

Abstract Guidelines

Speakers are asked to submit a 1- to 2-page abstract to Harvey Thorleifson ( Guidelines for abstracts can be found in: GMF Abstract Guidelines (PDF).

Past GMF abstracts are available at the following: 201820192020/20212021/2022; and here is the 2018 meeting summary.

Past resources are here, and we are looking to move this to a place that all can access.


For more information regarding this event, please contact Harvey Thorleifson ( at the Minnesota Geological Survey.

USGS geologic map of North America