GEO FIELD TRIPS BY LAND AND LAKE HIGHLIGHT GEODIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S KEWEENAW
Numerous lakeshore geosites offer wave-washed exposures that are both scenic and educational. Many are remote and accessible only by boat. Combined land and boat tours provide unique geoeducational platforms that make for efficient trips with minimal transit time losses if they are well crafted. We have developed one-day trips that focus on both the cultural story and main themes of Keweenaw Earth history: flood basalts/hot spots, redbed fluvial sandstones, thrust faults, continental glaciation and great lakes Earth science. These trips have been popular and attract a broad cross section of local residents and tourists. A previously unexplored economic resource, they demonstrate successes in geotourism that could stimulate new business ventures that encourage visitors to stay longer and participate in more outdoor activities. It also further develops a sense of place and Earth science literacy among local residents who become more versed in the geologic and cultural underpinnings of their community.