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Drilling Wells in the Keweenaw—Needles in a (Geologic) Haystack

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Monday, September 20, 2021, 6 pm

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Husky Bites presents Special Guest John Gierke

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Michigan Technological University


Eric Seagren
Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Michigan Technological University


Imagine a 400' deep glacial tunnel scour back filled with sands, gravels, silts and clays and capable of yielding 400-some gallons per minute (gpm). Just outside that "trough" wells are stuck in bedrock and capable of giving up hardly 20 gpm, just enough for a single household. In the Midwest, groundwater exists almost everywhere, but in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, the proximity of ancient bedrock makes drilling trickier. Learn about the unique challenge in terrains like the Keweenaw. Prof. Gierke will share examples of aquifers used for community and hatchery supplies—how they are found and developed, and why some rock formations yield water as a result of glacial tunnel scours!

Read the full blog post here.

Join us early at 5:45 p.m. for conversation and a weather update.

About Husky Bites

Husky Bites are free 20-minute Interactive Zoom Webinars from the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech. Time after for Q&A.

Series Host

Janet Callahan
Dean of the College of Engineering
Michigan Technological University

Brain Food

Join us for a bite! Grab some dinner with Dean Janet Callahan and a special guest, and learn something new! This family-friendly event is BYOC (bring your own curiosity). 

When: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. starting September 13 and held weekly through November.

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