The geologic history of Oregon
The geologic history of Oregon is intrinsically tied to the forces of plate tectonics. The creation, sliding and collisions of fragments of Earth’s crust have brought about the Blue Mountains in the east, the Cascades and associated volcanoes down Oregon’s central spine, and the Coast Range in the west. This talk will explore the mechanisms of plate tectonics and their role in shaping the geology of the Beaver State. We will also explore how these same forces are still active today and are responsible for the impending Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake – what is likely the greatest natural hazard threat in North America.
Scott Pike is an Associate Professor of Geology, Environmental and Earth Science, and Archaeology at Willamette University where he has taught since 2005. His research interest lies at the intersection of geoscience and society, with a particular focus on the relationship of past cultures with their physical environments. Prof Pike earned his PhD. in Geology from the University of Georgia and B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College in Ohio.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Straub Environmental Learning Center
1320 A St. NE
$5 for class, $10 for field trip