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Geologists lead hike through time in Palouse canyon

Palouse Falls, a few hours southwest of Spokane, is evidence of the forceful flood of water that once filled much of the Northwest during the last Ice Age, between 20,000 and 5,000 years ago.  (Paul Haeder / Down to EarthNW Correspondent)
Palouse Falls, a few hours southwest of Spokane, is evidence of the forceful flood of water that once filled much of the Northwest during the last Ice Age, between 20,000 and 5,000 years ago. (Paul Haeder / Down to EarthNW Correspondent)

HIKING -- Geologists with the Ice Age Floods Institute are organizing a rigorous full-day hike to explore the geology of the Palouse Canyon from Lyons Ferry  State Park upstream to Palouse Falls on March 15.

Gene Kiver and Lloyd Stoess will lead the eight-mile hike near Washtucna emphasizing the impact of the great Missoula floods in shaping the landscape as well as the history of native Americans and settlements in the area.

Pre-register by email lindakl@centurytel.net or call (509) 235-4251.

In addition:

Tuesday, March 18, 7-9 p.m. Spokane Community College,  Free Public Lecture “Geologic Crossroads in Central Washington” by Nick Zentner, Geology Professor at Central Washington University. 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Science at Spokane Community College and the lecture is scheduled  at SCC’s Lair Auditorium, Building #6, 1810 Greene Street, Spokane.  Zentner will discuss that Central Washington is a crossroads for many important geologic forces—Ice Age Floods from the northeast, Columbia River Basalts from the southeast, and Cascades Ice, ash, and mudflows from the west.  Photos, maps, and short videos will be featured.




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