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Plate Tectonics Pioneer Dr. Tanya Atwater to Speak at Annual Banquet

  • Ernesto's Italian Restaurant 8544 Southwest Apple Way Portland, OR, 97225 United States (map)

 Banquet at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant (Registration Closed) 

The Geological Society of the Oregon Country was founded in 1935 by Dr. Edwin Hodge to promote interest in Geology. Since that time, a complete revolution in the Earth Sciences has taken place. To commemorate GSOC’s 80th year, Tanya Atwater will recount some of her memorable moments of insight at the dawn of Plate Tectonics. 

Dr. Atwater's research in tectonics has taken her to the bottoms of the oceans and to mountains on many continents. She led or was a member on numerous oceanographic expeditions in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, working with surface and deep towed instruments and diving to the deep ocean floor (twelve times) in the tiny submersible Alvin. These voyages visited the ocean floor spreading centers with their strange biology at the "black smoker" vents. 


Dr. Atwater was educated at MIT, UC Berkeley and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Her PhD was awarded in 1972. She brought clarity of oceanic tectonics to the continents in her landmark papers about the history of western North America and the San Andreas fault. Her involvement tied together the work of many scientists and gave a framework for the developing theory of Plate Tectonics. 

Join us at our 80th Annual Banquet on Sunday March 8, 2015 at Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant (Registration is now closed.)

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The banquet will be held at Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant, 8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225, located in a strip mall along the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway between Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer and Jesuit High School. There is ample free parking, and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy is served by TriMet bus route 54. Doors to the banquet room open at 1:00 p.m. Dinner at 1:30 p.m. Program will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Dinner will be an Italian Style buffet – including salad, one meat dish, 2 pasta dishes (one meatless) and dessert. Coffee, tea, soda, and fresh bread are also included in the buffet.