GSOC President Addresses Rotary Group on the Big One

GSOC President Addresses Rotary Group on the Big One

President Sheila Alfsen addressed the Pearl Portland Rotary Club on Nov. 11, 2014. Her talk entitled, The Great Subduction Earthquake- A Collection of Evidence from the Oregon Coast presents the discoveries that geologists have made in recent decades, revealing the undeniable truth that the Pacific Northwest is at risk for a major earthquake. This body of evidence makes a strong case for the need for preparation, both on a personal and community level. Sheila has spoken to many groups in the local area and is always ready to share the news in the belief that a prepared community is one that will fare best.

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GSOC Seeking Volunteers to bring Geology to Life for Young People.

GSOC Seeking Volunteers to bring Geology to Life for Young People.

3rd graders in Salem Get Hands-On with Fossils

Friday, Nov. 7th: Third Graders at Chapman Hill Elementary School in West Salem got a treat for their unit on the study of fossils. Their teacher, Maureen Foelkl, searched the internet to find someone who would enrich the students’ experience and found the GSOC website. Current GSOC President, Sheila Alfsen, answered the call and visited the school to show them pictures of Ice Age mammals that had lived in the Willamette Valley. She enlisted the help of GSOC member, Dr. William Orr, who brought in a real deer skeleton that the students articulated on the floor.

GSOC is seeking members who are willing to share a few hours occasionally to bring geology to life for these young people.

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GSOC 50 Years Ago, 1964 Annual Campout

GSOC 50 Years Ago, 1964 Annual Campout

Friday, September 4th, 1964, GeeSockers began to gather at the Rujada Forest CampAs shadows vanished in thtwilight, the dancing council fire dreeveryone texchange views with the stars and each other. Trip Chairman Truman Murphy wore out his thumb with his guitar accompaniment of the songfest from “Barney Google" to 'Goodnight Ladies", while Echo II sailed overhead. 

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Slide Identification and Evaluation in Norway

Slide Identification and Evaluation in Norway

Dr. Adam Booth, Portland State University Department of Geology, spoke to GSOC on October 10 about his research with the Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU). Norway is a country with a landslide problem on its western shore. There some of the world's highest escarpments of gneiss and schist tower over steeply carved glacial fjords. Towns and villages huddle at the bottom of these steep slopes on flat land created by the rock falls and debris flows which come from the slopes above. Blocks of material catastrophically fail periodically along steep foliation planes, sending material plummeting into the fjord below and creating immense waves. Three such events occurred in the twentieth century, leaving a wake of destruction and taking nearly 200 lives.

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