Ice Age Floods Institute Masthead

Events

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
How Volcanoes Work and Volcanism in the Pacific Northwest
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Dr. Wendy Bohrson (CWU Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium. Why do volcanoes erupt? Why do some erupt explosively and others gush lavas? We'll discuss these ideas and more. Then we will turn to volcanism in the Cascades. We'll look at the distribution of volcanoes, their ages and their compositions and talk about what we know and what we don't know. We'll close by taking a look at the famous Mazama eruption that formed Crater Lake. What happened? Recent research may provide clues about the conditions required to catalyze a large, explosive eruption.
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter
Spencer Canyon Fault: The Origins of the 1872 Earthquake?
Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will meet at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 10 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee. It’s our fault! Our February speaker will be Brian Sherrod of the USGS, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UW. In 2013, Brian presented to the Erratics his studies on prehistoric earthquakes in Central Washington. Included in that discussion was a recently discovered fault in Spencer Canyon near Entiat. Geologists now suspect that fault is most likely associated with one of the strongest earthquakes in recorded state history, magnitude up to 7.5. The origin of the Dec. 14, 1872 quake, that rattled through seven states, has stymied geologists for more than a century. Brian will describe how he located the fault, showing the evidence and photographs of his recent work in the canyon. The program is free & open to the public.
More Information: Brent Cunderla, Chapter President (509) 665-2136 or (509) 860-6067

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Lake Lewis Chapter
Missoula Floods in the Cheney Area: 2015 Summary
Location: Richland, WA
MISSOULA FLOODS IN THE CHENEY AREA: 2015 SUMMARY Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. Gene Kiver Professor Emeritus, Eastern Washington University The Ice Age floods story was first proposed in the 1920s but was not generally accepted by geologists until the 1960s. The big picture of an ice-dammed lake (Glacial Lake Missoula) that was catastrophically released when the ice dam failed sending huge amounts of floodwater across eastern Washington and elsewhere in the Columbia River drainage is well established. The non-profit Ice Age Floods Institute formed in the early 1990s to tell the flood story and promote its understanding. Ten regional chapters, like the Lake Lewis Chapter in the Tri-Cities, concentrate on unraveling the secrets and the uniqueness of the flood story in their own “backyards”. Once people learn the significance of what the Ice Age wrought they can never look at their home landscapes the same way again. New ideas and information are forever modifying and increasing our understanding of these past events. The presenter has mapped over 160 quadrangles covering over 9600 square miles in northeastern and eastern Washington and has observed and contributed to some of these changing concepts. Floodwater flow from Glacial Lake Missoula coursed through not only the Rathdrum Prairie in northern Idaho but also through a series of passes and valleys in the mountains of northeastern Washington. Floodwaters entering the Spokane Valley also entered Glacial Lake Columbia, another ice-dammed lake. Floodwater easily overflowed the Columbia-Spokane drainage system sending water overland through the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract and other spillways. Verification that multiple floods separated by ten or more years was first established by studying sediments deposited in Glacial Lake Columbia and in the Spokane. Some of these complications and interesting features produced by the Missoula Floods will be described in this illustrated talk. Location: The Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA 99352

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
PALOUSE CANYON/ FALLS HIKE
Location: Washtucna, WA
9 a..m. - 5 p.m. Before 9 a.m., meet at Lyons Ferry Fish Hatchery at Lyons Ferry State Park under railroad bridge. The Cheney-Spokane Chapter offers a hike led by Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver. The eight mile hike up the Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls State Park emphasizes the Ice Age Floods story and the local Native American and settlement history. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR HIKE: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this hike rates as a 10. A hiker should be in good physical shape (i.e., be able to hike three (3) miles without breaks). It is suggested that participants do some up and down hill hiking prior to the fieldtrip. A hiker should not have serious heart or vertigo problems. Registration fees are $20 for IAFI members, $30 for non-members, and $15 for students and teachers. Complete details and registration form are available at the link below.
More Information: Linda Long, Hike Registrar 509.235.4251

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
Mount Baker Geology
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Dave Tucker (WWU Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Saturday-Sunday April 25-26, 2015
IAFI Board
IAFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Location: Pasco, WA
Board of Directors will meet at Pasco Best Western. More details are forthcoming when they are finalized.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
View from the Air: Ice Age Floods Country
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Tom Tabbert (Spokane pilot). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
Puget Sound Glaciation
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Kathy Troost (UW Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Friday, September 18, 2015
IAFI Board
IAFI ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING and LECTURE
Location: Wenatchee, WA
7 p.m. Details provided as they are finalized

Saturday, September 19, 2015
IAFI Board
IAFI FALL FIELD TRIP
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Annual fall IAFI field trip hosted by Wenatchee Valley Erratics. More details are forthcoming as they are finalized.