Ice Age Floods Institute Masthead


Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ellensburg Chapter
Arroyos in the West Foster Creek Watershed
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 7:00 pm in CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium. Paul Blanton, CWU Geography. Here's Paul: "Arroyos, or entrenched stream channels cut into unconsolidated sediments to form broad, flat-bottomed valleys with steep slopes are familiar features of the American Southwest, but may form in other locations where conditions are favorable. Arroyo incision is of concern in stream management as it often leads to sedimentation, water quality impairment, and loss of riparian and wetland function. Such incision is present in the West Foster Creek watershed on the Waterville Plateau in Douglas County, Washington in a late Pleistocene glacial lake bed and associated erodible sediment, and is a local management concern because of its impact on fish and wildlife habitat in particular. This study used a GIS (Geographic Information System) approach to map arroyo incision in the Foster Creek watershed, and assess its cause, initiation, and development, using historical airphotos from 1939 to present, precipitation, surficial geology, and land use data, and historical accounts along with interviews with land managers. Such historical landscape analysis is an example of the usefulness of taking longer time frames (historic and Quaternary) into account in order to provide insights for the assessment, management, and restoration of aquatic and riparian systems in the present day."
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
Location: Spokane, WA
7 pm - 9 pm, Spokane Community College (SCC), 1810 Greene Street, in Lair Auditorium, Building #6. FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC. This lecture is co-sponsored by SCC Department of Science and IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter features Roy Breckenridge and Dean Garwood presenting an overview of new research on Ice Age Floods in northern Idaho. It involves glacial chronology, glacial deposit characterization, and flood features recognized by new geologic mapping that are central to understanding the Ice Age Floods in the four state area. This mapping in Idaho serves as a resource inventory for viewpoints and features of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail. Geologic mapping includes areas of surficial deposits and landforms created by the Cordilleran ice sheet, alpine glaciers, and multiple catastrophic outburst floods. Breckenridge has been studying and mapping the Quaternary Geology of Idaho throughout his long career with the Idaho Geological Survey. His maps in Northern Idaho now cover the area from Coeur d'Alene to the US-Canada border and focus on the glacial and flood deposits. Roy has led numerous Ice Age Floods field trips in the area and has been involved with the IAFI since it was formed. He is a member of the IAFI Coeur du Deluge chapter in Sandpoint, ID. Garwood is a Senior Geologist at the Idaho Geological Survey and has been studying and mapping the Columbia River basalts and other volcanic rocks in Idaho since 1997. Dean grew up in north Idaho and has always had a fascination with the glacial geology of the area and has been working with Roy mapping Quaternary deposits in the area. He is the earth science education contact for the Idaho Geological Survey and looks forward to a new relationship with the Ice Age Floods Institute. He is a member of the IAFI Coeur du Deluge chapter, in Sandpoint, ID.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday-Sunday October 11-12, 2014
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
Location: Coulee City, WA
9:30 am - 6:00 pm, FEE REQUIRED ****Saturday Lenore Caves Hike This hike is 4-5 miles roundtrip, moderate to difficult, especially across a steep slope up to the notch in the Great Blade that separates East Lenore from the main section of the Lower Grand Coulee. Hikers will meet at the Lenore Caves parking area at 9:30 AM sharp. Discover Pass required on all vehicles. ****Sunday Castle Lake Hike The Castle Lake hike is about 3 miles roundtrip and about 200 feet drop in elevation, mostly along the Castle Lake recessional cataract wall. Moderately difficult due to the necessity of descending the cataract wall and climbing on secure iron ladders to Castle Lake and the pothole bench below. The ascent and descent will probably make the hike seem longer than it is! Hikers will meet at the Dry Falls parking area at 9:30 AM and we will car pool to trailhead from there. Discover Pass required at Dry Falls. ****Gene Kiver graduated from Case University in Cleveland and later from the University of Wyoming where he received his Ph.D in Geology. He taught Geology for over 32 years at Eastern Washington University and conducted an active research career that emphasized landforms no surficial processes. Glacial geology of the western U.S, geothermal ice caves on Mts. Rainier and Baker, national park geology, speleology, and the Missoula Floods are his main professional interests. He has numerous professional papers including technical papers, guide books, consulting reports, and text book on the Geologic Story of the National Parks. On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods, the Northern Reaches with coauthor, Bruce Bjornstad, was published in June 2012. ****Bruce Bjornstad is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington. Bruce has studied the Ice Age floods for over 30 years and published On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A Geological Field Guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin.
Registration Form, Details, & Liability form
More Information: Linda Long 509.235.4251

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter
Megadisasters: What is the science and why do we need involvement of non-scientists?
Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum & 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, October 14 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee. Our speaker is Dr. Susan Kiefer, emerita geologist U. of Illinois, a 1995 MacArthur Fellow, and author of The Dynamics of Disaster. Dr. Kiefer's talk, "Megadisasters: What is the science and why do we need involvement of non-scientists?," touches on the dangerous sides of living on Earth. Using topics from her book--landslides, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, processes familiar to Northwesteners--she will show not only the mechanics of these events, but how we can plan and respond to them. Natural catastrophes are not becoming more frequent; there are simply more people living in disaster-prone areas. A 24-hour media barrage feeds that perception. Are Ice Age megafloods in our future? Panic! Dr. Kiefer's website: Program is free and open to the public.
Geology in Motion
More Information: Brent Cunderla (509) 665-2136 or (509) 860-6067

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Lower Columbia Chapter
Special Speaker - Scott Burns
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, OR
7:00 PM Scott Burns will be giving another one of his very popular talks.
More Information: Sylvia Thompson 503-257-0144

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

Saturday-Sunday April 25-26, 2015
IAFI Board Chapter
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 Chapter
Location: Wenatchee, WA
7 p.m. Details provided as they are finalized

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