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Favorite Geology of the Columbia Gorge Fieldtrips


Sign-up now for the MAY or SEPT fieldtrip Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for one of two remaining Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrips being offered in  2015. These bus and walking trips cover the central portions … Continue reading

Two New Dinosaur Species Found


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Gorge Geology in 22:22 Minutes – Very Cool


Nick Zentner’s new video about the Columbia River Gorge features an incredible variety of geology and human history as it slices through the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Basalts, the Missoula Floods, the Bonneville Flood, the … Continue reading

Yellowstone Supervolcano’s Huge Magma Chamber

Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Hotspring

Yellowstone, which spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is among the world’s largest supervolcanoes and experiences frequent earthquakes . Scientists have recently spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park that’s … Continue reading

Missoula Floods Lecture – Scott Burns

Scott Burns

Join geologist Scott Burns for “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods”, a lecture on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm, in the Riverview Room of the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. This talk will focus on the … Continue reading

Geologic Wine Tour – Columbia Gorge AVA

Phelps Creek Vnyd

Go “deep” into understanding terroir and its influence on fine wine, guided by dynamic geologist Professor Scott Burns. Discover where the flavors really come from as you learn about the soils of three different wine-growing regions in the Gorge – … Continue reading

Lassie and the Broughton Mill Flume


Here’s a great bit of nostalgia for those who remember the Lassie series on TV. One of our fieldtrippers sent me a link to this Lassie outtake that includes the Broughton Mill Flume. We try to point out the rapidly … Continue reading

Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail

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The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail will highlight significant geologic features along the path of cataclysmic floods that rampaged across the lands from Missoula, MT through eastern Washington, the Columbia Gorge and the Portland Basin to the Pacific Ocean during the end of the … Continue reading

Evolution of Fins-to-Hands Confirmed


   It’s no big news that hands and feet evolved from aquatic fins. But when you look at a modern fish, it’s hard to imagine just how fins like theirs evolved into the hands, wrists and fingers that you and … Continue reading

Broughton Mill Flume

Broughton Flume

Anyone who has been on our longer field trip may remember passing by Broughton Mill and looking for the remnants of this flume on the hillsides between there and Drano Lake. There’s quite a story behind it that is of … Continue reading