Calendar of Events

Jun
1
Thu
Global Ocean – Human Culture: Past, Present and Future
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

University of Washington’s John Delaney will speak on how the well being of all life on earth depends on our planetary ocean, and how the ocean also plays a key role the health of our global economic framework. Yet, most citizens of the world do not appreciate the ocean’s interactive complexity, the diversity of its utility, and its underlying influence on past, present, and potential future, cultural-societal changes. The powerful roles the ocean plays in terms of human history, trade, commerce, resources, hazards, science, education, warfare, defense, the arts, entertainment, modulation of our climate, and the search for life beyond earth, are largely unrecognized by most members of our global society.

Since Herodotus (440 BC), humans have looked at history as an ensemble of stories about city states and nations vying with one another for dominance, using warfare and trade to punctuate the signal events viewed as turning points over the millennia. With few exceptions, human history focuses on unfolding events on continents, yet as far back as the origin of life on earth, the ocean has profoundly influenced the evolution of life, as well as culture, on our home planet.

This presentation explores and expands on these and related themes with the goal of developing an integrated awareness of the central, interconnected functions that our global ocean basin plays in our planetary society of nations and individuals.

John’s 2010 TED talk in: https://www.ted.com/speakers/john_delaney
John’s UW webpage: https://www.ocean.washington.edu/home/John%20Delaney

Jun
3
Sat
Wallula Gap Hike
Jun 3 all-day
Wallula Gap Hike @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad leads this tour to Wallula Gap.  There will be a 4 to 5 mile hike along the flood-sculpted western side of Wallula Gap to the Mounds Pond Overlook.  Learn about ice-rafted erratics, spillover channels and other special features of the Ice Age floods.  Be sure to snap a photo of the 800-foot tall cliffs of Columbia River Basalt.  This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
9
Fri
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee
Jun 9 all-day
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

IAFI vice president Gary Kleinknecht leads this field trip “upstream” into the Lower Grand Coulee.  Participants will visit the Othello and Drumheller Channels in addition to Dry Falls, Soap Lake, Pinto Ridge, the Grand Coulee Monocline and more.  This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
10
Sat
Wenatchee Ice Age Floods Tour
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ice Age Floods Tour led by Brent Cunderla and Ken Lacy
Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 S Mission St.,Wenatchee, WA, 98801
When: June 10, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $40 (Wenatchee Museum member); $45 (non-member)
Host: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
More information: http://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/our-events/

Jun
15
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Jun
16
Fri
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Jun 16 all-day
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht on this tour of the remote eastern scablands of the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract.  Since no major highways traverse this area, few people who are not local residents know this scabland subregion.  In the Palouse Country of eastern Washington, the scablands feature many streamlined loess islands separated by broad basalt exposures and coulees.  Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
17
Sat
Rock Quarries and Gravel Pits Field Trip – Clark County, WA
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rock Quarries and Gravel Pits Field Trip led by Bill Montgomery, Bo Nonn, and Larry Purchase 
Registration Required: Register online at http://www.gsoc.org/shop/rock-quarries-and-gravel- pits-field- trip
Note: Must be a Geological Society of the Oregon Country member (or a guest of one) to join the trip. Membership is $26 (individuals), $36 (family), $16 (student)
Location: Clark County, WA
When: June 17, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $30
Host: Geological Society of the Oregon Country
More information: http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2017/6/17/rock- quarries-and-gravel-pits- field-trip

Jun
18
Sun
Before the Dams – Columbia River Geology and Traditional Salmon Bake
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

We’re honored to help bring @USGS Researcher Jim O’Connor to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center for a special Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 18th. Jim will be part of a day focusing on the culture and history of the Columbia River, including a Traditional Native American Salmon Bake and Jim’s presentation, “Before the Dams: the Geology of the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is at the amazing intersection of geologic processes and human interactions. Volcanism and uplift of the Cascades volcanoes are pitted against the power of the Columbia River, while the river provides food resources and a natural transportation corridor through the Cascade Range that has created a hub of commerce and cultural exchange.

Lava flows and landslides have repeatedly invaded the Gorge, but the Columbia River, powered by the annual snowmelt from half a continent and occasional ice-age megafloods, persistently incises through these materials, maintaining a near-sea-level path through the Cascade Range.

Before the dams were built, the first fisheries took advantage of geologic choke points such at Cascade Rapids, a remnant of the Bridge of the Gods landslide dam, and at The Dalles of the Columbia, the historic locus of valley-bottom incision. These fisheries relied on the historic runs of salmon that have battled their way upriver and supported human life for more than 10,000 years

Now hydroelectric dams take advantage of those same constrictions and hydrologic head to distribute the rivers power throughout the west. This infrastructure exists in a relatively quiet geologic setting due to a human-scale respite in the geological tumult of lava, floods, and landslides. But eventually the river and arc will battle once again. How will that reshape the landscape of the Columbia Gorge?

Fathers get free admission on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18. A live raptor demonstration will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the River Gallery. Children’s activities will be available in the Kids Explorer Room

Enjoy a mid-day traditional Native American Salmon bake. The salmon will be prepared by Brigette and Sean McConville who will demonstrate traditional methods of preparing and cooking fish. The $15 luncheon will include side salads. In addition, Indian Fry Bread prepared by the Kalama family will be available for purchase. The McConvilles, from Warm Springs, maintain Salmon King Fisheries, a fishing and retail business on the Warm Springs Reservation. Lunch tickets are available first come, first serve and when the salmon is gone, it’s gone.

So bring the whole family and enjoy a day of fun, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

Jun
23
Fri
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along the White Bluffs to West Bar
Jun 23 all-day
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along the White Bluffs to West Bar @ Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad narrates on the Columbia River Journey’s jet-boat tour from Richland to White Bluffs Ferry Landing. This tour continues north by bus into the breathtaking, flood-carved Frenchman and Potholes Coulees.  The final stop will be at the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park after seeing the cliffs of the Columbia River Basalt and West Bar Giant Current Ripples.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Jet-boat, bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Geology of Caulfeild Park and the Coastline of Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Geology of Caulfeild Park and the Coastline of Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC) led by geologist David Cook
Registration: Contact David at 604-924- 0147 or cookeco2@yahoo.com to register and receive details as to the meeting location.
Location: Revealed when you register.
When: June 23, 2017 (Friday): 10 am(2 hours)
Cost: Unknown
Host: Nature Vancouver
More information: http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Jun
24
Sat
Ancient Walls I: A Geological Walking Tour of Downtown PDX
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ancient Walls I: A Geological Walking Tour of Downtown PDX (South Tour) 
Registration Required: Register online at http://www.gsoc.org/shop/downtown-pdx-south- tour-june- 24th-2017
Location: Portland, OR
When: June 24, 2017 (Saturday): 1 pm for two hours
Cost: from $10: open to public
Host: Geological Society of the Oregon Country
More information: http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2017/6/24/downtown-geology-tour

Jul
8
Sat
Malaga Gold Tour
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Malaga Tour led by Brent Cunderla and Ken Lacy

On this geologic venture we will first visit two locations where gold has been mined within the vicinity of Wenatchee, Washington.  Mining for gold started almost 150 years by the Chinese around 1870 in an area that later became the location of the Gold King/Lovitt Mines.  In 1985 the Cannon Mine opened and operated for about 10 years producing more than one-million ounces of gold and in excess of two-million ounces of silver before closing in 1994 due to lack of mineable reserves.

Several unique geologic features will be observed along the field trip route.  These include Saddle Rock, Owl Sisters, and Stemilt Pinnacles.  All these features are known to have Native American significance.

Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 S Mission St., Wenatchee, WA, 98801
When: July 8, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $35 (Wenatchee Museum member); $40 (non-member)
Host: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
More information: http://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/our-events/

Jul
14
Fri
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls
Jul 14 all-day
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads this tour on the Columbia River Journey’s jet boat up the Snake River, through the locks of Ice Harbor Dam to Windust Park.  From there guests will be transported by bus to Palouse Falls via Devil’s Canyon and Washtucna Coulee.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Jet-boat, bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jul
20
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Jul
21
Fri
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Jul 21 all-day
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht on this tour of the remote eastern scablands of the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract.  Since no major highways traverse this area, few people who are not local residents know this scabland subregion.  In the Palouse Country of eastern Washington, the scablands feature many streamlined loess islands separated by broad basalt exposures and coulees.  Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Aug
5
Sat
Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument
Aug 5 all-day
Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads an all-day tour of the geology of the Pasco Basin and Hanford Reach National Monument.  Featured are the Columbia River Basalt lava flows, Yakima Folds, Ringold Formation, Ice Age floods and sand dunes that define the area.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Aug
17
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Aug
19
Sat
Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features
Aug 19 all-day
Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

This full day field trip is led by Gary Kleinknecht, Education Director for the Coyote Canyon Mammot Site (CCMS) and vice president of the Ice Age Floods Institute.  The tour begins with a visit to the CCMS as the work day begins.  At the Dig House we will discuss the background and extent of the project, then we will visit the bone bed units and wetscreen area.  In late morning we will move on to Wallula Gap, Esquatzel and Washtucna Coulees and Devil’s Canyon.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Aug
26
Sat
Tri-Cities Geology Tour
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tri-Cities Geology Tour @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join George Last as he explores the geology beneath the Tri-Cities.  This tour includes exposures of the massive Columbia River Basalts, Yakima River deposits and Ice Age floods deposits.  There will be a short 1.3 mile hike along the Yakima River Bluffs.  This field trip is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included. 

Sep
21
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.