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Events

Friday, April 25, 2014
Lower Columbia Chapter
An Inside Look at Camp David
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, Tualatin, OR
Tualatin resident Norb Murray ferried presidents and their families to and from Camp David, a former mining area transformed into the presidential retreat, 62 miles from the White House in the hills of Maryland. Murray, a former Marine pilot, shares stories and photos of his years flying dignitaries for simple relaxation or high-level political meetings. Learn the history and how the presidents have used it over the years. 7:00 pm at the Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive Tualatin, OR 97062, Phone 503.885.1926
Tualatin Heritage Center
More Information: Larry McClure 503.885.1926

Monday, May 5, 2014
Puget Lobe Chapter
Introducing the New Online Inventory of Significant Erratic Boulders in Washington
Location: Edmonds Senior Center, Edmonds, Wash.
Terry Swanson, Principal Lecturer at the UW Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, has been mentor to Ashly Padgett in her work on a special student project, developing an online inventory system that will take in the whole state, and be open to public input and participation, with expert review. They will come to discuss the scientific and educational uses of such information, and to demonstrate the design of the system. Note: The database is currently under development and, at this point, contains very limited information. ----- The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Chapter meets at the Edmonds Senior Center, which is right on the waterfront in Edmonds, at 220 Railroad Ave., between Main and Dayton Sts., a short distance south of the Kingston ferry dock and directly across the street from the AmTrak station. Off-street parking is available, and there is elevator access to the second-floor meeting room.
More Information: Dale Middleton 206-784-3146

Friday, May 9, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE: The Case of the Missing Cataract: The Upper Grand Coulee
Location: Cheney, WA
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free Public Lecture. EWU JFK Library Auditorium. Dr. Gene Kiver will present an examination of the geologic evidence and sequence of events that resulted in the formation of one of Washington's most spectacular canyons. Cataracts of immense proportions hold the key to understanding the formation of the Grand Canyon. Lecture is sponsored by IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter, EWU Department of Geology, and Jackie Scholz State Farm Insurance, Cheney.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Lower Columbia Chapter
The Geology of the Columbia River Gorge: The Washington Side
Location: Gateway Transit Center, NE 99th Avenue, Portland OR,
This year's field trip will explore the unique geology on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Some of the stops are: 1) a river-level view of Beacon Rock. 2) Coyote Wall, a 200 foot high cliff that dips down to the Columbia River as part of a over 1,600 feet geo-syncline. And: 3) Underwood gravels, part of the deposits that filled the Portland Basin where they are called Troutdale Formation. Much more depending on time. Saturday, May 10, 2014 -- 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7:30 am to load bus Gateway Transit Center, NE 99th Avenue, Portland OR
The Geology of the Columbia River Gorge: The Washington Side
More Information: Sylvia Thompson, 503-257-0144

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FIELD TRIP:The Case of the Missing Cataract: The Upper Grand Coulee
Location: Cheney, Washington
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. An all-day deluxe bus field trip led by Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad will explore the geologic evidence and sequence of events that resulted in the formation of one of Washington's most spectacular canyons. Cataracts of immense proportions hold the key to understanding the formation of the Grand Coulee. Sponsors include IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter, EWU Department of Geology, Doug Nixon and Sarah N. Nixon Farmers Insurance in Cheney, and Kevin Ottosen Allstate Insurance. Click on the link below to access registration form and detailed information. Contact Linda Long if you have difficulty accessing or printing the registration materials. .
Field Trip Registration Form Download
More Information: Linda Long 509.235.4251

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
FULL See September 6th
gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry Hurd

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lake Lewis Chapter
Public Lecture by Dr. Victor R. Baker
Location: Richland, Washington
A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 PM, followed at 7:00 PM, with a public lecture by Dr. Victor R. Baker, Professor, University of Arizona. This event will be held at the East Auditorium, Washington State University - Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354.
More Information: George Last 509-946-8050

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FLOODS, FLOWERS, AND FEATHERS FESTIVAL
Location: Cheney, WA
FLOODS, FLOWERS, AND FEATHERS THIRD ANNUAL SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL at TURNBULL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Saturday, May 31, 2014 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge announces the third annual Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Spring Nature Festival. The Festival is open to the public and offers free entrance to the Refuge and free events to families and individuals of all ages. The Refuge is located 4.2 miles south of Cheney, 26010 S. Smith Road, off Cheney-Plaza Road. Enjoy spring by experiencing and learning about the exceptional wildlife, habitats and geology of the unique Channeled Scablands landscape. Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, wild flowers, insects, wildlife, and catch a glimpse of remnants of the Ice Age Floods that created the diverse scablands habitat. Nature hikes, tours, kids activities, and informational booths provided by a number of organizations/agencies, including IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter, partnering with Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will make for a wonderful spring day outdoors in the remarkable environment. Some activities require reservations. Go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Turnbull/ or call Turnbull NWR at 509.235.4723 for more information and for events requiring a reservation.
More Information: Turnbull NWR 509.235.4273

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Ancient Cataclysmic Floods in the Pacific Northwest
Location: Hood River, OR
1:00 Upstairs Reading Room, Hood River County Library, 502 State Street, Hood River, OR ANCIENT CATACLYSMIC FLOODS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: ANCESTORS TO THE MISSOULA FLOODS. Erika Medley and Scott Burns. Department of Geology, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207. Ancient Cataclysmic Floods were the Ice Age Floods that left erosional and depositional features and preceded the Missoula Floods (15-18,000 ka) in the Pacific Northwest of the United States (Allen et al., 2009). All previously studied ancient sites were visited (14) and new sites (11) were found; four Missoula Flood quarries were also visited; a total of 29 sites were studied. The use of calcrete paleosols to provide relative age dates for flood deposits was analyzed. Missoula Flood gravel pits were sampled in order to examine the degree of calcrete development in flood deposits of known ages. All of the Missoula Flood deposits tested contain Stage 1 calcrete soil development. Calcrete paleosols at sites with evidence for older floods were all analyzed. Eight sites have paleosols with Stage II development (3-12% CaCO3): Rulo Outcrop, Potholes Coulee, Leslie Road, Benge, E. Callaway Road, Collier Coulee, Palouse, and Connell. Five sites have paleosols with Stage II+ development (12-17% CaCO3): Brown Road, Leslie Road, Benge, Reese Coulee, and Connell. Fourteen sites have paleosols with Stage III development (17-35% CaCO3): The Dalles, Rulo Outcrop, Winans Road 1, Poplar Heights, Yakima Bluffs, Canal Outcrop, Othello Canal, Reese Coulee, Potholes Coulee, E. Callaway Road, Frenchmen Coulee, Macall, Ritzville, and East Connell. One site has a paleosol with Stage III+ development (35-50% CaCO3): Othello Canal. Ancient Cataclysmic flooding initiated in the Early Pleistocene, at least 1.5 Ma. Sixteen field sites show evidence for Early Pleistocene flooding, preserved in all six provinces: Othello Channels, Columbia River Gorge, Cheney-Palouse Scabland, Quincy Basin, Pasco Basin, and the Walla Walla Valley. There are 26 field sites with evidence for Middle Pleistocene flooding, present in all regions except Othello Channels. Eleven of those 26 sites also show evidence for Early Pleistocene floods. Evidence for Early and Middle Pleistocene floods is present over a wide distribution of elevations from 117 to 524 meters. A special section will discuss the Highway 197 site outside of The Dalles where we now describe 8 paleosols!
gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry Hurd

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond
Location: Hood River, OR
1:00 Upstairs Reading Room, Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River, OR Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond For more than 40 years University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Victor R. Baker has been studying the most spectacular and immense flood phenomena that are currently known to occur anywhere in the solar system. The immense megafloods of the last Ice Age created bizarre landscapes like the Channeled Scabland and altered the circulation of the oceans thereby changing Earth’s climate. More surprising was the discovery that much larger megafloods occurred billions of years ago on the planet Mars. The Martian megafloods formed temporary bodies of water on that planet, even generating a kind of ocean that facilitated environmental conditions on Mars that may have been like those of an ice age on Earth. These discoveries are showing that Mars, like Earth, had a long-term cycle of water circulation that produced a habitable planet, and these are exactly the kinds of processes to seek out in the newly initiated search for the other habitable planets of the universe.
gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry Hurd

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Repeat of our Spring trip. See gorgefloods.org for details and registration form
gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry Hurd