82nd Annual Banquet
Mar
12
1:00 pm13:00

82nd Annual Banquet

  • Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country invites you to its 82nd Annual Banquet. Speaker Dr. Paul Hammond will present “The Western Margin Of North America.” 

The Thomas Condon Fossil Museum: The Man and his Collection.
Apr
14
7:30 pm19:30

The Thomas Condon Fossil Museum: The Man and his Collection.

  • PSU Cramer Hall, Room 53

Collections made by paleontologists impart an enormous amount of information about the ideas and motives of the individual. Thomas Condon, Frontier Missionary and Oregon’s First State Geologist, came to the Oregon Territory in 1852 and soon became interested in its remarkable fossil assemblage. Condon's personal collection of Oregon plant and animal fossils reflect not only his science but his travels and associates as well. Dr. Orr will examine these aspects of his life as well as the nature of his work and achievements.

Downtown PDX Geology South Tour
Jun
24
1:00 pm13:00

Downtown PDX Geology South Tour

  • Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse

Come see billion-year-old building stones and the fossils hidden under our feet. Join us for a two-hour outdoor walking tour of downtown Portland’s geological mysteries and oddities. This tour is open to the public.

Downtown PDX Geology North Tour
Oct
7
1:00 pm13:00

Downtown PDX Geology North Tour

  • Pioneer Square (across from Pioneer Courthouse)

We can't get enough of exploring Downtown Portland Building Stone! If you missed our Spring tour or just want to see more interesting buildings, join us for this two-hour walking tour of more of downtown Portland's geological mysteries and oddities. This tour is open to public.


Friday Night Lecture: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens
Oct
14
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens

  • Portland State University, Cramer Hall

Dr Richard Waitt from USGS CVO will elaborate on his recent book In the Path of Destruction: Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens: "The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was an international sensation. Those who lived through it never forget the experience. A geologist with intimate knowledge of Mount St. Helens, Richard Waitt chronicles the eruption story through unforgettable, riveting narratives—the heart of a masterful chronology that also delivers engrossing science, history, and journalism." (Washington State University Press)

PSU Has Discontinued Free Evening Parking. GSOC has just received a communication from the Portland State University Geology Department office that stated “Please be advised that beginning Monday, September 19th, all PSU parking facilities will require payment or valid permit at all hours, all days, except for university holidays. Vehicles found on campus without proof of payment or valid permit will be subject to citation.” This means that we will no longer be able to park for free in the PSU parking garage on Friday nights.

FOR DRIVERS
The cheapest option is to look for nearby on-street parking. If you find a spot it's $2.00 per hour until 7:00 pm and free after that. For people willing to walk a few blocks, either PSU Parking Structure 3 at 12th and Mill Street or the Shattuck parking lot at Broadway and College Street will charge $2.50 per hour. The structure we have been using, PSU Parking Structure 2, will now charge a flat $7.00 for the evening, with no hourly rate.  A useful map is at the PSU website.

FOR PEOPLE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Look for a convenient park and ride near a MAX train or bus stop. The #19 bus and the Orange Line MAX drop you off within a block or two of PSU. The bus gets scarce after 9:00 but MAX runs pretty frequently.

Mt. St. Helens Helicopter Tour
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Mt. St. Helens Helicopter Tour

A One-day Field Trip

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country will host a one-day helicopter field trip of Mt. St. Helens. We will be based at Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center on the North Fork of the Toutle River. The helicopter tour is approximately 40 minutes of spectacular scenery as you fly over both the devastated area from the 1980 eruption and the crater itself. An educational presentation by Sheila Alfsen will precede your tour so that you can recognize and interpret the landscape in light of the greatest volcanic event in recorded U.S. history.

The deadline for your payment is Thursday, Sept 29th, 2016. Click for tour and payment information. 

President’s Field Trip: Lava Flows and Accreted Terranes
Sep
6
Sep 9

President’s Field Trip: Lava Flows and Accreted Terranes

Registration now closed. Stay tuned for our report on the trip!

Our four-day excursion will travel down the coast to Brookings and across to Grants Pass before returning via I-5. The emphasis will be on the complex geology of the Mesozoic accreted terranes of the Klamaths but on the way we will take a look at Tertiary terranes of the north coast and interactions of Columbia River Basalt flows with coastal sediments.

Annual Picnic - Tualatin Community Park
Aug
14
11:00 am11:00

Annual Picnic - Tualatin Community Park

  • Tualatin Community Park

This year’s annual picnic will be held at Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin, OR. At this year’s annual picnic, we have reserved the north side of the main picnic shelter, which also has rest rooms, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Electricity is provided, and alcohol is permitted. The shelter will accommodate about 75 people.

Friday Night Lecture — Salvage Paleontology: Fossil Rescue at Construction Sites.
Jul
8
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture — Salvage Paleontology: Fossil Rescue at Construction Sites.

  • Portland State University, Cramer Hall

Fossils are protected resources at ground-disturbing construction sites on public lands in the United States. A matrix of federal, state, and county laws require the retrieval of fossil objects that might be used for display, research or teaching. Sheila Alfsen will speak on her experiences in salvage paleontology industry, working in the states of the western United States. 

Eastern Columbia River Gorge Field Trip
Jun
11
Jun 12

Eastern Columbia River Gorge Field Trip

Registration is now closed.

A two day field trip under the guidance of an all-star cast of geologists that not only know the story but can enthusiastically tell the geologic story of this dynamic area. 

Friday Night Lecture May 13th: Dr. Bill Orr — Lagerstätten!
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture May 13th: Dr. Bill Orr — Lagerstätten!

A Lagerstätte (German from Lager 'storage, lair', Stätte 'place'; plural Lagerstätten) is a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation—sometimes including preserved soft tissues. These formations may have resulted from carcass burial in an anoxic environment with minimal bacteria, thus delaying decomposition.

Image: middle Cambrian Ottoia, a soft-bodied worm, from the Burgess Shale; Credit: Martin R. Smith.

Friday Night Lecture April 8th - Earthquake Culture: Why We Need One
Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture April 8th - Earthquake Culture: Why We Need One

  • Portland State University Cramer Hall

 ...and how you can help us get there!

 Allison M Pyrch, PE, GE Associate Geotechnical Engineer will address seismic issues in the PacNW, where we are, where we need to be, and how we need to get there. She will touch on personal and family prep and the latest science as well. It will be a little interactive, a little brainstorming, and a call to action!

 

Dr. Alan Mix to Speak on Climate Tipping Points at Annual Banquet
Mar
13
12:00 pm12:00

Dr. Alan Mix to Speak on Climate Tipping Points at Annual Banquet

  • Monarch Hotel

Ticket deadline March 8th

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country invites you to its 81st Annual Banquet. Speaker Dr. Alan Mix, Oregon State University and co-chief scientist for the international research project on Petermann Glacier in Greenland, will present “Viewing Climate “Tipping Points” from Petermann Glacier.”

Friday Night Lecture Feb. 12th
Feb
12
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture Feb. 12th

  • Portland State University Cramer Hall

Investigative Geology

Combining Historic and Paleoseismic Data to Characterize Earthquake Hazard

Dr. Ashley Streig has sixteen years experience in active tectonics, paleoseismology, structural geology and tectonic geomorphology. Her research experience includes the study of active faults and folds, earthquakes and associated hazards, earthquake recurrence, fault behavior, and rupture characteristics. Dr. Streig has investigated pre-historic seismic activity of fault systems around the world, including local studies of the San Andreas Fault, CA and crustal faults along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Friday Night Lecture Jan 8th
Jan
8
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture Jan 8th

  • Portland State University Cramer Hall

Nicolas Steno: Founding Father of Geology

Friday Night Lecture, January 8, 2016: Kyle Dittmer, GSOC member and faculty member, PCC Southeast Campus and Portland State University, will present “Steno.”

Prof. Dittmer will talk about a little known but brilliant Renaissance Danish scientist named Nicolas Steno. What were  Steno’s contributions to Geology? Why is his story unique? Come join us and find out! Prof. Dittmer has taught Earth Science for 25 years. Come hear this interesting thought-provoking science-history talk! 

Lecture on Salvage Paleontology: Fossil Rescue at Construction Sites
Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Lecture on Salvage Paleontology: Fossil Rescue at Construction Sites

  • Tualatin Heritage Center

Past-president Sheila Alfsen at the Ice Age Flood Institute

Fossils are protected resources at ground-disturbing construction sites on public lands in the United States. A matrix of federal, state, and county laws require the retrieval of fossil objects that might be used for display, research or teaching . Sheila Alfsen will speak on her experiences in salvage paleontology industry, working in the states of the western United States.

Friday Night Lecture Nov 13th
Nov
13
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture Nov 13th

  • Portland State University, Cramer Hall

Dr Nancy Price, Portland State University

Addressing Tectonic Questions from the Perspective of Rheology*

*Rheology: the study of the flow of matter

There are two ways in which structural geologists look at the formation of mountain belts and transform plate boundaries. The first is to describe the folds and faults as rocks reacting to events, and to study the deformation and mineral growth as a reaction to these events. The second is to study the material properties and deformations of the rock layers as a response to stress fields, and to explain the formation events in terms of these properties. In effect, the strength and deformation behaviors of the rocks control the formation of the mountain belts and fault zones. This is the perspective of rheology. In this lecture, Price will show examples of viewing rocks from a rheological perspective and interpreting tectonic history in this light. 

Progress of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

Progress of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail

  • Tualatin Library Community Room

The Ice Age Floods National Geological Trail (IAFNGT) will become a reality in 2016.  Rick Thompson, President of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will be presenting the trail as it is now and show some of the ways it will become manifested.
 
Where: Tualatin Library Community Room
18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062
 

Friday Night Lecture Oct 9
Oct
9
7:30 pm19:30

Friday Night Lecture Oct 9

  • Portland State University Cramer Hall 53

Dr. Marli Miller, University of Oregon

Author of the New Edition of Roadside Geology of Oregon (2014)

Dr. Miller's research emphasizes the use of small-scale structures to reconstruct the structural and kinematic histories of high strain zones. She is especially interested in the transition from brittle to ductile behavior in these zones at meso- to microscopic scales. Much of Marli's work is in Death Valley, California where she is also involved with tectonic interpretations.

About Roadside Geology of Oregon, Second Edition (Amazon Review) "Geologist, photographer, and author Marli Miller has written a completely new second edition based on the most up-to-date understanding of Oregon s geology. [Dr. Miller's] spectacular photographs showcase the state’s splendor while also helping readers understand geologic processes at work. Roadside Geology of Oregon, Second Edition, is a must-have for every Oregon resident, student, and rockhound alike."

Pacific Northwest Mega-Earthquakes
Oct
2
Oct 3

Pacific Northwest Mega-Earthquakes

Energy Infrastructure Preparedness for a Cascadia Mega-Earthquake

Northwest Energy Association and The Society of Petroleum Engineers (not GSOC sponsored event)

On October 2-3, 2015 in Hood River, Oregon a diverse spectrum of scientists and emergency agency leaders will address the cause, history and mitigation of problems resulting from "The Really Big One", the predicted Cascadia Mega-Earthquake.  Primary focus of the Symposium will be on the energy infrastructure, a critical component for an effective response to a major earthquake.  

Bob Hart Will Portray Father of Oregon Geology Thomas Condon at Yamhill Historical Event
Sep
25
7:30 pm19:30

Bob Hart Will Portray Father of Oregon Geology Thomas Condon at Yamhill Historical Event

  • Yamhill Valley Heritage Center

Father of Oregon Geology Thomas Condon (1822-1907) will address the 2015 Western Regional Conference of The Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) on Friday September 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. Bob Hart, Executive Director of the Lane County Historical Society and a living history interpreter, will bring this 19th century Oregon legend to life.

Annual Picnic Guy Talbot State Park/Latourell Falls
Aug
2
12:00 pm12:00

Annual Picnic Guy Talbot State Park/Latourell Falls

  • Guy Talbot State Park

Learn the dramatic story of the great flood basalts of the Columbia River Gorge which form its spectacular walls and waterfalls. 

Join us for our annual potluck picnic, Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Guy Talbot State Park in the Columbia Gorge (same location as last year). Learn the dramatic story of the surrounding Columbia River Gorge and the great flood basalts which form its spectacular walls and waterfalls. After the picnic, participants may wish to take the short walk to Latourell Falls, or drive to the trailhead near the freeway exit and hike up to Angel's Rest.  

Bring your own beverages and we will provide the plates and plastic utensils. The format for the picnic will be a potluck. If your last name begins with:

   A through G - bring a main dish
   H through P - bring a side dish or salad
   Q through Z - bring a dessert.

 

Remember: Board Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. for board members, officers, and interested members.

Board Meeting Agenda is here.

Mt. Hood/Eliot Glacier Field Trip
Jul
11
Jul 12

Mt. Hood/Eliot Glacier Field Trip

Past President Larry Purchase and current Vice President Bo Nonn will lead a two-day field trip to the north side of Mt. Hood. From our camp at Cloud Cap Saddle Campground we will climb onto the nearby Cooper Spur moraine to view the terminus of Eliot glacier and discuss the morphology of the Hood’s largest glacier and its periglacial features. Farther downslope we will examine the site of a major debris flow which passed down Eliot Creek in 2006. Nearby is the upper end of the 9km long Parkdale lava flow, a basaltic lava flow less than 8,000 years old. If possible we will examine the more accessible portions of the lava flow including the vent area.