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Events

Monday, March 2, 2015
Puget Lobe Chapter
A Special Class of Calling Cards in the Puget Basin
Location: Edmonds, WA
At 7:00 pm, at the Edmonds Senior Center, Eric Cheney will present a report on preliminary findings regarding the Pleistocene dispersal in the Puget Lowland of clasts of Mesozoic red chert derived from the western Cascade Range. //// Clasts of red chert (CRC) are a minor, but geologically conspicuous and revealing component of many beaches in the Puget Basin. The clasts are evidently derived from a 3.2 km-wide subsurface belt of Mesozoic chert in the upriver section of the drainage of the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Erratics of the CRC as large as 2.3 m occur 8 km downstream from the belt. //// Before the last advance of the Puget Lobe into the Puget Lowland, a side-valley (Evans Creek) glacier melted, allowing outwash that was carrying CRC from the belt higher in the South Fork valley to reach the Puget Lowland. Subsequently, the CRC were widely redistributed as erratics by the growing Puget Lobe. //// Eric has measured the maximum axes of CRC on more than 100 beaches in the Puget Lowland. The largest clast (24 cm) in the northern area is on Discovery Bay southwest of Port Townsend. Overall, the presently known dispersal of CRC extends over a considerable area, from Lopez Island to the Dupont megapit of sand and gravel (with 3 cm CRC, i.e., pebbles) and from the mouth of the Stillaguamish River to Sequim. Clasts larger than 8 cm are found in the Tacoma area, and CRC are found along the eastern shore of the Olympic Peninsula as far south as Quilcene. //// For CRC to be at and west of Port Townsend requires that the Vashon-aged topography of the Puget Lowland (such as Admiralty Inlet) did not yet exist. //// Eric received his BS and PhD from Yale University, and has been at the University of Washington since 1964. He semi-retired in 2005 and is now Emeritus Professor in the UW Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences. His principal teaching and research topics have included the geology and social relevance of mineral and fuel deposits, and the structural geology of the Pacific Northwest. With students, he has conducted extensive geologic field mapping of Washington. In much of his work, the main focus has often been on unconformity-bounded stratigraphic sequences. //// For details about the meeting location, the Edmonds Senior Center, see the Puget Lobe Chapter listing at http://www.iafi.org/puget.html
More Information: Dale Middleton 206-784-3146

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Lake Lewis Chapter
Missoula Floods in the Cheney Area: 2015 Summary
Location: Richland, WA
MISSOULA FLOODS IN THE CHENEY AREA: 2015 SUMMARY Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. Gene Kiver Professor Emeritus, Eastern Washington University The Ice Age floods story was first proposed in the 1920s but was not generally accepted by geologists until the 1960s. The big picture of an ice-dammed lake (Glacial Lake Missoula) that was catastrophically released when the ice dam failed sending huge amounts of floodwater across eastern Washington and elsewhere in the Columbia River drainage is well established. The non-profit Ice Age Floods Institute formed in the early 1990s to tell the flood story and promote its understanding. Ten regional chapters, like the Lake Lewis Chapter in the Tri-Cities, concentrate on unraveling the secrets and the uniqueness of the flood story in their own “backyards”. Once people learn the significance of what the Ice Age wrought they can never look at their home landscapes the same way again. New ideas and information are forever modifying and increasing our understanding of these past events. The presenter has mapped over 160 quadrangles covering over 9600 square miles in northeastern and eastern Washington and has observed and contributed to some of these changing concepts. Floodwater flow from Glacial Lake Missoula coursed through not only the Rathdrum Prairie in northern Idaho but also through a series of passes and valleys in the mountains of northeastern Washington. Floodwaters entering the Spokane Valley also entered Glacial Lake Columbia, another ice-dammed lake. Floodwater easily overflowed the Columbia-Spokane drainage system sending water overland through the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract and other spillways. Verification that multiple floods separated by ten or more years was first established by studying sediments deposited in Glacial Lake Columbia and in the Spokane. Some of these complications and interesting features produced by the Missoula Floods will be described in this illustrated talk. Location: The Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA 99352

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE-THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING GLACIAL LAKE...
Location: CHENEY, WA
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. EWU Science Building, Room 137, Cheney,WA. ++++You will hear a lecture given by Earth Scientist Michael B. McCollum covering an incredible story, 20,000 years in the making, recording a 3,000 year onslaught by catastrophic Floods whose sediments finally overtook the lake's accommodation space and the continuing assault by incremental headward erosion of the southwest bedrock battlements at Grand Coulee, followed by the final betrayal in which global warming caused the disappearance of the once supportive Okanagan ice lobe.++++Mike McCollum spent four years on active duty, from 1965-1969, two years in the Army Security Agency-Military Intelligence, followed by two years as an instructor of geological engineering at the Army Corps of Engineers Institute at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He spent a year with the US Geological Survey, Inc. He and his wife, Linda, have mapped over 500 square miles of local geology in an area where the Ice Age Floods deposits are well displayed but have received little attention in the past.++++McCollum's lecture is co-sponsored by EWU Department of Geology and Dr. Jacob J Ridl, D.D.S. located in Cheney at 1717 1st Street.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
HIKE-PALOUSE CANYON/ FALLS
Location: Washtucna, WA
Saturday, 9 a..m. - 5 p.m. You will meet before 9 a.m., at Lyons Ferry Fish Hatchery at Lyons Ferry State Park under the railroad bridge. The Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers you a hike led by Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver. ++++The eight mile hike up the Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls State Park emphasizes the Ice Age Floods story and the local Native American and settlement history. ++++PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR HIKE: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this hike rates as a 10. You should be in good physical shape (i.e., be able to hike three (3) miles without breaks). It is suggested that you do some up and down hill hiking prior to the fieldtrip. You should not have serious heart or vertigo problems.++++ Registration fees are $20 for IAFI members, $30 for non-members, and $10 for students and teachers.++++If you want more hike information, contact Lloyd Stoess at stoessmfg@gmail.com or call him at 509.646.3292.++++You will find details, fees, and registration forms at the link below.++++Our co-sponsor for this event is Andrew Martinssen, D.D.S., Cheney Dental Care, 625 B Street, Cheney, WA 99004; the phone number is 509.235.6137 and website address is www.martinssendds.com. Stop by and let him know how much you appreciate his sponsorship of the annual Palouse Canyon hike.
HIKE REGISTRATION INFO AND FORM
More Information: Linda Long, Hike Registrar 509.235.4251

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
Mount Baker Geology
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Dave Tucker (WWU Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
http://www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Saturday-Sunday April 25-26, 2015
IAFI President
IAFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Location: Pasco, WA
Saturday-Sunday April 25-26, 2015, Pasco, WA Board of Directors will meet at Pasco Best Western. More details are forthcoming when they are finalized.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
View from the Air: Ice Age Floods Country
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Tom Tabbert (Spokane pilot). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Friday, May 8, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE: LOWER GRAND COULEE AND CRAB CREEK FLOODWAYS
Location: Cheney, WA
Friday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., EWU JFK Library Auditorium++++Dr. Gene Kiver will provide you with an overview of the Missoula Floods through the Grand Coulee and the merging with floodwaters that descended through the Telford-Crab Creek Scabland. You will visit a complex of minor coulees occur along Interstate 90 and other areas. Scabland features of note include large flood bars, giant current ripples, and recessional cataract canyons.++++Kiver taught Geology for over 32 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.Missoula Floods are a major professional interest. Kiver and co-author Bruce Bjornstad recently published a geological field guide to northern Idaho and the northern Channeled Scabland entitled "On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods". Kiver spends as much time as possible following trails while photographing and exploring the geology and beauty of the natural world.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FIELD TRIP TO LOWER GRAND COULEE
Location: Coulee City, WA
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. You will travel in deluxe buses as leader Dr. Gene Kiver guides you through flood coulees to the Lower Grand Coulee to investigate the complications of the flood story in central Washington.++++Kiver taught Geology for over 32 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.Missoula Floods are a major professional interest. Kiver and co-author Bruce Bjornstad recently published a geological field guide to northern Idaho and the northern Channeled Scabland entitled "On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods". Kiver spends as much time as possible following trails while photographing and exploring the geology and beauty of the natural world.++++You will be provided with more details are they are finalized, including the registration information, fees and forms.
More Information: Linda Long, Field Trip Registrar 509.235.4251

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
http://www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE BY VIC BAKER
Location: SPOKANE, WA
Tuesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium. ++++You will find more details here as they are finalized
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
Puget Sound Glaciation
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Kathy Troost (UW Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
http://www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Friday, September 18, 2015
IAFI President
IAFI ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND LECTURE
Location: Wenatchee, WA
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Details provided as they are finalized

Saturday, September 19, 2015
IAFI President
IAFI FALL FIELD TRIP
Location: WENATCHEE, WA
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Annual fall IAFI field trip hosted by Wenatchee Valley Erratics. More details are forthcoming as they are finalized.