National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Pacific Northwest Section
Spokane 2012 PNW Section Conference Pictures
Glacial and Missoula Floods History in the Pend Oreille River Valley Area. Trip led by Gene Kiver, EWU.
Participants learned about the complicated movement of glaciers and Missoula Floods in a mostly ignored part of northeastern Washington. Glacial moraines and outwash deposits were overprinted during ice recession when the Lake Missoula ice dam in the nearby Purcell Trench failed.
Conference Day at Spokane Community College, talk & poster sessions.
The Clarkia Laggerstatte Field Trip, led by Bill Rember, U of Idaho.
Located in the Clearwater Mountains near Clarkia, Idaho, this is considered one of the best sites for Miocene plant fossils in the Pacific Northwest - and perhaps in the world! Stephen J. Gould's "Magnolias from Moscow" highlights this spectacular record of past life. The Clarkia beds are a true Lagerstätte in all sense of the word: a site with significant species diversity exhibiting exceptional preservation. Trip participants collected a spectacular array of Miocene flora and learned about the development of Lake Clarkia along with paleoclimate implications.
A garnet & kyanite collecting spot was also visited nearby.
The Continental Margin Geology and Tectonic History of NE Washington: Precambrian to Tertiary. Led by Eric Cheney, UW.
The geologic and tectonic history of the western margin is well-exposed in northeast Washington. Precambrian sedimentation (Belt Supergroup), the rifting of Rodinia (Windermere Supergroup) with the development of early Paleozoic margin (Sauk sequence), the collision of Quesnellia, and the formation of the Kettle metamorphic core complex were all examined during the course of this 2-day trip.
Coos Bay 2013 PNW Section Conference Pictures. All pictures by Andy Buddington.