Ice Age Floods Institute Masthead


Monday, November 3, 2014
Puget Lobe Chapter
The Hazel/Oso Landslide: Geology Background, Other Landslides, and Landslide Policy Implications
Location: Edmonds, WA
On Monday evening, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., Dan McShane will be speaking about the March 22, 2014 landslide at Oso, which was not the first time that the slope above the Stillaguamish River had slid. This site had a long history of activity and was well known by geologists that conduct landslide work. Dan has been engaged in geohazard assessments over the past 20 years and within hours of the landslide began posting information on the geology of the Hazel/Oso Landslide on his blog, Reading the Washington Landscape, on which he deals with a wide variety of topics ( His current position is as an engineering geologist with Stratum Group, a geology and environmental consulting company based in Bellingham.----He will describe the ice-age and post ice-age processes in the North Fork Stillaguamish River Valley that ultimately led to the catastrophic landslide. There are some unique geologic aspects of the Oso Landslide that will likely offer valuable lessons regarding landslide risks and affect the ongoing development of related public policy. The talk will attempt to put this disaster in perspective with other landslide hazards in Washington State, and present an overview of the difficult policy questions and approaches that arise in dealing with them.----He has recently been hired as part of a team to review the City of Edmonds Critical Areas and may have some comments on sites and slopes close at hand to our meeting site.---- The Chapter meets at the Edmonds Senior Center, right on the waterfront in Edmonds, at 220 Railroad Ave., between Main and Dayton Sts., a short distance south of the Kingston ferry dock and directly across the street from the AmTrak station. Meetings are always free and open to the public. Off-street parking is available, and there is elevator access to the second-floor meeting room.
More Information: Dale Middleton 206-784-3146

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Lake Lewis Chapter
After the Deluge
Location: Richland, Washington
The Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI will hold its bi-monthly meeting and program on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at “The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center”, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA 99352, at 6:45 PM. “The Reach” is located at the west end of Columbia Park about ¼ mile east of Columbia Center Boulevard. Our guest speaker will be Jack Nisbet, a teacher and author who is based in Spokane. His latest project, “Ancient Places”, will appear in spring 2015. Jack’s slide show, titled “After the Deluge” will explore the way plants, animals, and people have repopulated landscapes shaped by the Ice Age Floods. The stories move through time from the moment the water receded to effects that can still be observed, and focus on the intersection of grand geologic events with everyday life. This presentation is free and open to the public.
More Information: Gary Kleinknecht (509) 6271654

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
Location: Cheney, WA
7 pm to 9 pm, Eastern Washington University, Science Building, Room 137, Cheney, WA FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC. ****Sponsored by EWU Department of Geology and IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter ****Join Tom Tabbert for a video presentation of the Ice Age Floods as he presents new video footage of everything from Lake Missoula to Wallula Gap and Lake Lewis from his unique aircraft. He will explore Flood features, carved canyons, potholes, and scabland washes that will give floodies a new perspective of these fascinating geologic events and the means by which Tabbert visits them. His presentation will have less of the geologic facts and more of the geologic WOW! ****Tabbert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Geology. His career, however, led him to a tenure flying in the Navy aboard the USS Nimitz carrier before settling into his present career as a company consultant for knee and hip replacement. He began flying Trikes four years ago and today his passion is for flying and Geology together in a unique format. Much of his video work can be viewed today by visiting ****6 pm to 7 pm, Science Bldg, Room 118. Reception and annual membership meeting. Refreshments served.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Ellensburg Chapter
Pliestocene Dispersal of Mesozoic Red Chert in the Puget Lowland
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
7 P.M. Hebler Hall on CWU's Campus. Evening lecture by Eric Cheney (University of Washington). More details to be added soon.
More Information: Nick Zentner

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

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

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