pacific northwest geology

What On EARTH Has Happened To The Pacific NW?

Geologic History of the Pacific NW GeoMap - Side 1Geologic History of the Pacific NW GeoMap - Side 1

Originally created as a museum exhibit for a general audience, many users - including geology professors - have called this map the best visual display of Pacific NW geology that currently exists. Used widely in classrooms (about 5th grade through college), it is also a popular museum/nature center gift shop/bookstore item.

Missoula Floods Video

In a geologic heartbeat, cataclysmic floods containing ten times the flow of all the world’s rivers thundered across the Pacific Northwest and changample of how major scientific theories have been challenged - and changed, with the emergence of new and compelling evidence - and how scientists are often not in agreement in their interpretations of that evidence.

Pacific NW GeoMap CD

By popular request, digital images of the GeoMap are available. These images have been prepared from the original digital art files, so no quality has been lost by scanning.Pacific NW GeoMap CDPacific NW GeoMap CD

*The CD contains 32 images that include full images of both sides of the GeoMap; along with an assortment of enlarged GeoMap details at various magnifications, to use depending on the focus of your presentation.

Many images have both labeled and unlabeled versions, so you may annotate as desired. One teacher who stopped by at the NSTA exhibit in Seattle said he prepared a PowerPoint assessment for his kids, where he would arrange each slide with a blank slide to follow, where each student then had to write two sentences to explain what was happening.

Big Black Boring Rock: Essays on Northwest Geology, by Stephen P. Reidel

Your copy signed by the author!

From the Publisher:
Written in the same vein as well-known author John McPhee’s books, Big Black Boring Rock is a collection of highly readable and witty essays that focus on the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Author Steve Reidel is a geologist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, and an expert on Columbia River Basalt, the primary rock of the Columbia Basin – the semi-arid region of Washington State where most of the essays are set. The book collects a series of captivating essays Reidel has been writing for more than a decade for the Tri-City Herald, the daily newspaper of the Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick), Washington. Written in plain language, Reidel makes geology, an often difficult field to understand, accessible for all readers.

The Nisqually Earthquake, February 28, 2001

The location of this earthquake is very near the location of the 1949 magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The February 28, 2001 event occurred on a normal fault within the down-going Juan de Fuca plate. The earthquake name "Nisqually" is derived from a prominent delta in South Puget Sound. The area northeast of the delta (along Puget Sound) is known as Nisqually Landing. The delta is protected as part of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. (Text by USGS)

Fire, Faults and Floods

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