Geologist Scott Burns joins us to share the story of the floods that are famous for carving out the Columbia Gorge but also might just explain the soil (or rocks) we find in our own back yards. The Missoula Floods are one of the greatest set of geological events to ever have occurred in North America. Scott's talk will focus on the story of J. Harlen Bretz's discovery and interpretation of the geological evidence of the floods throughout the Pacific Northwest and how that explains the landscape we know today. Scott received his PhD from the University of Colorado and has taught for 47 years, 27 of them at Portland State University where he is a Professor of Geology. Scott co-authored the book Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods with John Eliot Allen and Marjorie Burns.
The no host bar opens at 6pm and the lecture begins at 7pm.
Photo by Kenji Sugahara