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.