Calendar of Events

Sep
7
Wed
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Ritzville Carnegie Library | Ritzville | Washington | United States

Join us as we partner with the Ritzville Public Library for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

This traveling lecture series will serve as our pre-trip lecture for our bus tour on October 1, 2016 and will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

Sep
10
Sat
Jet Boat To Lyons Ferry & Palouse Falls
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Marmes Rockshelter

Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on an all-day tour up the Snake River through the locks at Ice Harbor and the Lower Monumental Dams. Among many impressive features along the way are the 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar, giant current ripples, and a basalt-feeder dike for one of the many lava flows exposed within the canyon. After landing at Lyons Ferry State Park will be an optional short hike to an overlook onto the 13,000 year-old Marmes Rockshelter before bus transport to Palouse Falls. Our return to the Tri Cities will continue by bus across HU Ranch Coulee to Washtucna Coulee, Devils Canyon and Burr Canyon. 

Snake River Jet Boat To Lyons Ferry State Park And Palouse Falls
Saturday, September 10, 2016 9AM-6PM Cost: $155 Confirm by 8/31
Includes: jet boat and bus transport, lunch and water.

Location: The Reach, Richland, WA
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Sep
12
Mon
Puget Lobe Chapter Meeting
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm

Gene KiverDue to the Labor Day Holiday, the September meeting of the Puget Lobe Chapter is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Gene Kiver will be speaking about his new book, Washington Rocks! A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Evergreen State, published by Mountain Press. Gene is the principal author, with Chad Pritchard and Richard Richard Orndorff as collaborators.

Chapter meetings are held at the Edmonds Senior Center, right on the waterfront, a short distance south of the Kingston Ferry dock.  Programs begin at 7 p.m., and the meetings are always free and open to the public.  Elevator access is available to the second-floor meeting room.

TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Washtucna Community Center | Washtucna | Washington | United States

Join us for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

The lecture will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.
Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

Check out the events page for more information on the field trip. Registration is required.

Sep
14
Wed
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Whitman County Library | Colfax | Washington | United States

Join us as we partner with the Whitman County library for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

This traveling lecture series will serve as our pre-trip lecture for our bus tour on October 1, 2016 and will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ The Gathering Place | LaCrosse | Washington | United States

Join us as we partner with the LaCrosse Branch of the Whitman County library for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

This traveling lecture series will serve as our pre-trip lecture for our bus tour on October 1, 2016 and will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

Sep
17
Sat
Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip
Sep 17 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

GorgeFieldTripMapLandslides, eddy bars, glacial erratics, kolk ponds, anticlines, synclines, thrust faults, Ohanepecosh to Troutdale formations, lahars, tree casts, petroglyphs, and more. The central Columbia River Gorge is like a storybook of the past 40-50 million years, and we will open and read from several chapters of that book in a 10 hour bus/walking tour of a 40 mile section of the Gorge between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles.

As we turn some of those pages and take a glimpse into the incredible geology and more of the Columbia River Gorge, we will reveal many secrets that are hidden right in plain sight. This tour features huge landslides, local and distant lava outpourings that built mountains, filled lakes, and left behind the ghosts of lava-consumed forests; cataclysmic floods that reshaped the landscape; native american art saved from the backwaters of The Dalles Dam; the lush flora of the Gorge; maybe even a present-day mini-safari.

It will involve some easy walking, but more importantly, it will enlighten your mind and light your eyes with amazing and delightful discoveries.

If you are interested in participating in our next field trip please download and complete the Gorge Geology FieldTrip Registration Form. For more information contact us at .

To get a sense of the trip, click the map markers on the field trip page to explore some of the many features along the fieldtrip route (we will not stop at or see them all) or download the IAFI-CGC Central Gorge Geology Fieldtrip Guide.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, IAFI-Columbia Gorge Chapter, Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip
Location: Begins/Ends Cascade Locks, OR
7:30 am – 5:00+ pm
Gorge Geology Field Trip Registration Form
More Information: Field Trip Leader Lloyd DeKay 713-542-4359

Sep
19
Mon
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Othello Senior Center | Othello | Washington | United States

Join us for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

This traveling lecture series will serve as our pre-trip lecture for our bus tour on October 1, 2016 and will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

Sep
20
Tue
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TLS: Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Sunset Theatre | Connell | Washington | United States

Join us as we partner with the Connell Branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries for a lecture that covers one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. Learn how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

This traveling lecture series will serve as our pre-trip lecture for our bus tour on October 1, 2016 and will include a variety of aerial views you won’t get on the tour of a feature known as the Staircase Rapids and spillways including the Palouse Canyon, HU Canyon, and Devil’s Canyon.

Audience members will learn how stream capture during the floods diverted the Palouse River from the Washtucna Coulee to its present day location, creating Palouse Falls in the process.

Sep
23
Fri
2016 IAFI Annual Meeting, Board Meeting, and Field Trip
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

LogoIAFIThe Glacial Lake Missoula chapter is hosting our Fall 2016 IAFI Annual Membership Meeting and the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Directors on September 23 at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Missoula, MT. The annual field trip the following day includes iconic features of Lake Missoula including the Markel pass ripple marks.

The hotel venue is at the center of all that is happening in Missoula. The center of the river walk , bike trails and walking bridges. Dining from casual Cajun to gourmet. Visit the new JT Pardee historical collection and display at the Natural History center, the carousel, Brennans wave or the hipstrip. The University of Montana, numerous breweries and the History Center are within a 3/4 mile mile walk 

To book a room at the hotel please contact Ashley Ragas, our Group Rooms & Reservations Coordinator, at ashley.ragas@himissoula.com or 406-532-2059 (Fax: 406-728-3472).

For field trip info call 406-728-5221. The field trip will be $75 per person for members, $85 for nonmembers. Download and fill out the field trip registration form, make check payable to Lake Missoula Chapter IAFI, then send the registration form and check to Lynne Dickman, 530 Woodworth Ave,, Missoula, MT, 59801

Annual IAFI Membership Meeting/Field Trip Bus tour, hosted by Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter
Friday-Saturday September 23-24, 2016
Meeting central: Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, 200 South Pattee, Missoula, Mt
Holiday Inn lodging contact: Ashley Ragas, Group Rooms and Reservations Coordinator, 406-532-2059
More Information: Jim Shelden 406 728 1860

Cheney-Palouse Scablands & Palouse Falls
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This full day tour is led by Ice Age floods expert Gary Kleinknecht. It begins with a drive to Hatton Coulee Rest Area at US 395 and SR 26. The tour includes Old Maid Coulee, Staircase Rapids, Washtucna Coulee, Palouse Falls, Devils Canyon and at least five other floods features. Includes: lunch, water and bus

Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands And Palouse Falls
Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Cost: $87, Confirm by 9/13
Location: The Reach, Richland, WAMore Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Oct
1
Sat
Snake River-Palouse Falls Bus Tour
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour to Palouse Falls, which includes two separate sections of the Snake River canyon. One of the sections features giant current ripples near Windust Park before entering the mysterious Devils Canyon chasm. From there the route passes through Washtucna Coulee and flood-streamlined Palouse hills to infamous Palouse Falls. On the return trip will be an optional, easy 2-mile (RT) hike along the level Columbia Plateau Trail to witness the giant 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar that towers over the Snake River. 

Snake River-Palouse Falls Bus Tour
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 8AM-5PM, Cost: $78 Confirm by 9/21
Includes: bus transport, lunch and water.
Location: The Reach, Richland, WA
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Changing the Course of the Palouse River
Oct 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Changing the Course of the Palouse River @ Washtucna High School | Washtucna | Washington | United States

Join us for a bus tour that explores one of the more exciting and oft visited of all the Ice Age Floods sites.

Try to envision flood waters rushing down the Cheney-Palouse scabland tract only to be funneled into the Palouse River which is so overwhelmed that floodwaters spill over the divide between the Palouse River Valley and the Snake River Valley. As the water rages, over one hundred square miles of loess soil up to 200 feet thick is stripped away; once exposed, the underlying fractured basalt rock is then plucked away as well. See how the landscape around you tells the story of how a fracture zone is eroded deeper than the Palouse River Valley and the river takes a shortcut across the divide.

The tour will take us north of Washtucna to the feature known as the Staircase Rapids; from there we will explore the first of two spillways, the first includes the Palouse Canyon and HU Canyon, Palouse Falls and Lyons Ferry. The tour will then visit the second spillway, now known as Devil’s Canyon, further downstream.

Bretz studied this area in depth and concluded that the features here could only be explained by a huge flood. Not only is this
area packed with geologic wonders, it is also rich in human history. Stops will include views of three early historic roads which passed through the area – The Mullan Road, the Colville Military Road, and the “Washtukna” Road. At Lyons Ferry, you will also hear about the region’s early history that was unearthed with the Marmes Man; we will also present some of the history of the Palouse Indians, early trappers and more.

Included: Hot lunch; snacks and drinks; guidebook.

Prices are as follows:
$60 for IAFI Members, with first priority;
$75 for non-IAFI members;
$35 for students and teachers.

Registration forms are available for download. Deadline is September 28, 2016.

For your convenience, Wheatland Express will have pick-up and drop-off sites in Colfax and LaCrosse. You will need to indicate that you request this option on the registration form. Buses will leave Washtucna promptly at 8:30a.

A pre-trip traveling lecture series will be announced when locations are secured.

Oct
8
Sat
HIKE-NORTHUP CANYON, UPPER GRAND COULEE AREA
Oct 8 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

IAFI, Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers you an opportunity to hike one day or two days in the Upper Grand Coulee Area.  The Northup Canyon hike is on Saturday, October 8 and the Candy Point hike is on Sunday, October 9 (refer to separate Event listing).  Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad are hike leaders.  Physical Requirement:  You should be in good physical shape and be capable of hiking up to 6 miles, sometimes over rugged terrain.  You should not have serious heart or vertigo problems.   Age Limitation: Young adult’s ages 12-16 year of age must be accompanied by an adult during the hike.  No children under the age of 12 are permitted.  Items to bring with you: good shoes, water, snacks, lunch, appropriate clothing for variable weather and other conditions,protection from the sun, emergency items, cameras, and binoculars are strongly recommended.  Walking poles might be helpful.

Description of the Northup Canyon Hike, Saturday, October 8:  You will hike 7.2 miles, round trip, and 480 feet above the trail head and through a hidden canyon located along the east wall of the Upper Grand Coulee.  You will follow the path of retreating waterfall to Northup Lake and to the plateau surface above.  The hike is moderately difficult because of the mileage. This is one of the hikes in “On The Trail of The Ice Age Floods, the Northern Reaches”. (Keokee Books).  Hikers will meet at the Northup Canyon trail head at 9:30 a.m. sharp.  A Discover Pass is required on all vehicles.  Camping: Overnight camping is available at Sun Lakes or Steamboat Rock state parks for those wishing to participate in both hikes.  Motels are also available in nearby Grand Coulee and Soap Lake.  Pets are not allowed on the hike (s).

Refer to the registration form for fees of $20, $30, or $50 and options for reduced fee if you participate in both hikes.  Also bios for Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad also are available on the registration form. Hike is limited to 30 participants; register early.

Registration Form,#40 Hike Field Trips, October 8 & 9, 2016

Oct
9
Sun
HIKE-CANDY POINT, UPPER GRAND COULEE AREA
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

IAFI, Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers you an opportunity to hike one day or two days in the Upper Grand Coulee area.  The Northup Canyon hike is on Saturday, October 8 and the Candy Point hike is scheduled for Sunday, October 8. Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad are hike leaders.  Physical Requirements:  you should be in good physical shape and be capable of hiking up to 6 miles, sometimes over rugged terrain.  A hiker should not have serious heart or vertigo problems.  Age Limitation:  Young adult’s ages 12-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult during the hike.  No children under the age of 112 are permitted.  Items to Bring With You:  Good shoes, water, snacks, lunch, appropriate clothing for variable weather and other conditions, protection from the sun, emergency items, and binoculars are strongly recommended.  Walking poles might be helpful.  Pets are not allowed on the hike.

Description of Candy Point Hike, Sunday, October 9:  You will hike a short, steep trail constructed by the CCC during the depression years leading through a side canyon near the town of Coulee Dam to a spectacular overview of Grand Coulee Dan and surrounding environs.  The geologic story here includes visible evidence of glacier, Missoula Flood, Glacial Lake Columbia and the engineering of one of the largest dams in the world.  Meet at the trail head in Coulee Dan at 9:30 a.m. sharp.  This hike is moderately strenuous because of the steep, rough trail.  This trail is described in the “On The Trail” book.  MOre detailed directions will be provided to hike participants.  Refer to the Registration Form for fees of $20, $30, or $50 and options for reduced fees if you participate in the two hikes. Also short bios are of the leaders appear on the registration form.  Hikes are limited to 30 participants; register early!

Registration Form,#40 Hike Field Trips, October 8 & 9, 2016

Oct
28
Fri
LECTURE-THE LONGEST JOURNEY: TRACKING THE WILLAMETTE METEORITE THROUGH TIME
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jack Nisbet is the speaker for this lecture at The Lair Auditorium, Bldg 6 at Spokane Community College.  You will hear him discuss how in the fall of 1902, a Welch farmer happened upon one odd rock perched on a slope above the Willamette River.  It turned out to be a meteorite, and, the slow unfolding of its story revealed links to Northwest mining, museum politics, human nature and the deep history of the universe.  Part of its appeal rests in the realization that it is also an ice-rafted erratic that was probably washed downstream through Glacial Lake Missoula.  Nisbet is a Spokane-based teach and naturalist.  He is author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Northwest, including biographics  of mapmaker David Thompson and naturalist David Douglas.  Nisbet’s most recent book, Ancient Places, is a cycle of stories about people and phenomena that helped to shape the landscape of ourregion.  The Ice Age Floods play a key role in several of these essays.  For more information, visit www.jacknisbet.com.

Members of the IAFI Cheney Spokane Chapter will gather at 6 p.m. near The Lair for the Annual Membership Meeting.  President Gary Ford will share activities of the year and also plans for the future of the chapter.  

For more information, contact Melanie Bell, Media Manager at 509.954.4242 or email iaficheneyspokane@gmail.com.

Nov
5
Sat
Guest Lecture
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Guest Lecture @ Ritzville | Washington | United States

Join us for a guest lecture this fall featuring CWU’s Nick Zentner.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

Nov
18
Fri
LECTURE-BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST: CATASTROPHIC FLOODING ON EARTH AND MARS
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A free and open to the public lecture is offered by the IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter on the EWU campus.  You will hear Dr. John Buchanan, EWU Geology Professor, talk about the catastrophic outburst flooding by various mechanisms that have been occurring on Earth and Mars through geologic time.  Dr. Buchanan will examine how the “Ice Age Floods” in eastern Washington compare with the filling of the Mediterranean (Pliocene), the Altai and Black/Caspian Sea floods in Russia (Pleistocene), floods in the English Channel (Pleistocene), the dumping of Lake Bonneville (Pleistocene), the recent failure of the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska (2002), and ancient floods on the red planet, Mars.

Dr. Buchanan has been a member of the EWU faculty of the Department of Geology for 32 years.  While his academic focus includes sedimentology, hydrogeology, and geomorphology, he is easily excited about all things geological.  Dr. Buchanan is also a world traveler, an avid photographer, and a passionate amateur astronomer.