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.
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.
Speaker Mike Collins, mountaineering and geology enthusiast, will present “Time Travel Tales from the Yellowstone Hotspot and Great Basin Geological Province.”
GSOC Members and their guests are invited to the 8th GSOC Annual Holiday Party and field trip slideshow.
There will be no December Friday night meeting due to the Holiday Party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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!
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.”
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.
Big Earthquake Overdue for Pacific Northwest?
American Meteorological Society presents:
Guest Speaker Dr. Chris Goldfinger
Director of Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory, Oregon State University
Free and open to the public.
(This is not a GSOC event.)
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!
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
Tour Portland Geology with Us by Public Transportation.
A short survey of some of Portland's geologic features that reveal its past and structure. This is a great tour for those new to geology or Portland or both. Registration open now! Trip requires TriMet day pass.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS TRIP IS CLOSED. President Janet Rasmussen will lead a field trip to the Steens Mountain area of Southeast Oregon.
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.
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.