The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Center is an educational, community-based non-profit in Fossil, Oregon. OPLI strives to help North West Oregon residents and visitors of all ages explore, understand, and enjoy the world-renowned natural history of North Central Oregon. OPLI also help visitors schedule trips, tours and hikes throughout the region. [Pictured: Mitchell Plesiosaur at OPLI]Read More
At the end of the last ice age 18,000 to 15,000 years ago massive hydrologic floods ran down the Columbia River Gorge. Originating from a huge glacial lake near Missoula, Montanta around forty floods were large enough to flood the entire Willamette Valley to a depth of 400 ft. These floods did not just bring huge volumes of water, they brought huge amounts of rocks and sediments from the continental batholiths. A large percentage of these rocks and sediments are composed of granite. Granites from the Idaho batholith are high in uranium bearing minerals. This high uranium content brings with it an unexpected hazard, radon.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Friday, September 4th, 1964, GeeSockers began to gather at the Rujada Forest Camp. As shadows vanished in the twilight, the dancing council fire drew everyone to exchange 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.Read More
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.Read More
Leslie Moclock, Tina Cobb, Matthew Vaughn, Derek Clark, Mary Eichhorn, Ana Meyer, Tim Kirkpatrick, Deborah Theisen, Heather Herinckx, Greg Aitken, Jiaming Yang, Kenneth Heininge, Steve Boyer, John Kelley, Sally Wojahn have recently joined the society. Welcome!