Geology Professor Delivers Lecture to North Country Group | St. Lawrence University

Geology Professor Delivers Lecture to North Country Group

Jeffrey Chiarenzelli, MacAllaster Professor of North Country Studies and professor of geology and mineralogy, delivered a lecture on Nov. 3 to North Country SOAR, a lifelong learning group sponsored by SUNY Potsdam, titled: “Angikuni Lake, Northwest Territories: Cultural and Geological Significance.”

The lecture summarized the history of the Caribou Eskimo, a Native population of people who once inhabited the Barren Grounds of northern Canada. They were the last native people in North America to establish contact with Europeans.

Chirenzelli also discussed how North America was geologically formed, using the Snowbird Tectonic Zone, which passes through Angikuni Lake, as an example.  

St. Lawrence students Lisa Grohn ’17 of Branchburg, New Jersey, and Mitch Gallagher ’17 of North Bangor, New York, both of whom are majoring in geology, joined alumnus Sean Regan ’10 and Chiarenzelli for field work in the Canadian Arctic during the summer of 2015.

In July, Chiarenzelli, a 1981 graduate of St. Lawrence University, was appointed to the MacAllaster Professor of North Country Studies. His plans include working on a variety of projects, including continued research of how and when northern New York was formed as well as a series of projects that examine mining in the North Country, both historically and as a potential source of economic development.

Learn more about the The Archie F. MacAllaster and Barbara Torrey MacAllaster Professorship in North Country Studies.