NW Energy Assn. Meeting to Discuss Alaska's North Slope

NW Energy Assn. Meeting to Discuss Alaska's North Slope

Dave Hite, consulting geologist, with Northwest Energy Association will speak on "Alaska’s North Slope: present and future potential & its significance to the Cherry Point Refinery in supplying fuel to Oregon and Washington" on Sept. 18, 2014, 11:45 a.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

NASA photo: Landsat 7 false-color image of the North Slope

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Board Meeting Notes

President Sheila Alfsen called the meeting to order at this year’s annual picnic site at Guy Talbot State Park. Other board members in attendance constituting quorum were Janet Rasmussen, Dawn Juliano, Paul Edison-Lahm, Bev Vogt, and Marty Muncie. Also in attendance were GSOC members Dave Olcott, Bart Bartels, Carol Hasenberg, Doug Rasmussen and Peregrine Edison-Lahm. The minutes of the June 21, 2014 board meeting were approved.

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LUSI Mud Eruption: Natural or Man-Made Disaster?

LUSI Mud Eruption: Natural or Man-Made Disaster?

Ever since the mud started spewing from the Lumpur Sidoarjo (aka “Lusi”) mud volcano in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo on East Java Island, Indonesia, on May 29, 2006, an opportunity to study the feature and, fortunately or unfortunately, become embroiled in the political controversy over it opened in the geological community. Newly appointed Assistant Professor Maxwell Rudolph of Portland State University was involved in studies related to this phenomenon during his doctoral years at UC Berkeley ending in 2012, and spoke to GSOC at the June Friday night lecture describing his work. 

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NARG trip to Wallowa Mountain

NARG (North American Research Group) will be going to Wallowa Mountain this July 24-31. The trip will visit 5 fossil sites and other activities in the Wallowa Lake area. GSOC members may join this trip by joining NARG and contacting Larry Purchase (360-254-5635). 

Larry reports that NARG members are also involved in a project called FOSSIL, which is building bridges between the amateur and professional paleontological communities, and creating more field opportunities for fossil enthusiasts. For more information see the website www.myfossil.org