Stories tagged: geology
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Montana geologist finds new Bitterroot fault line
A mapping method used to look at floodplains in the Bitterroot Valley turned up something unexpected: a new fault line that just might cross under the Lake Como Dam.
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 4:55 a.m.
Field Reports: Washington proposes simpler fishing regulations
Simplifying Washington’s fishing regulations is the goal of 13 proposals that will be presented at public meetings across the state by Fish and Wildlife Department fish managers.
Sun., April 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
Ice Age Floods geology tour to visit Porcupine Bay landslide
The recent landslide at Porcupine Bay above the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt has added a new “geology at work” opportunity to an
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 5:36 p.m.
New mapping shows history of Columbia River Gorge landslides
The Columbia River Gorge is famous for sweeping dramatic vistas, but new research published by the U.S. Geological Survey reveals a shifting landscape beneath the forest.
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 7:15 p.m.
Researchers seek to find Old Faithful’s underground plumbing
Scientists from the U.S. and Denmark are seeking to map out the plumbing system hidden inside the earth’s crust that’s responsible for the famous Old Faithful geyser and other hydrothermal …
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 10:19 a.m.
Study shows temperatures rising in Yellowstone Lake vents
Scientists say the amount of heat coming from Yellowstone Lake appears to be much higher than previously thought.
Wed., Sept. 28, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
In brief: Hikes, lectures target Ice Age Floods
The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute has several educational programs planned for October, and it’s not too early to sign up for limited spaces on two geologist-led …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 8 p.m.
Palouse Falls a ‘site of wonder’ for thousands of years
Washington’s official waterfall was created by cataclysmic forces, including lava flows and the Missoula Floods. Geologists took a field trip to Palouse Falls on Friday.
Sun., May 31, 2015
Field reports: Grizzly researchers near Sullivan Lake
CRITTERS – Federal grizzly bear researchers are working near the Salmo-Priest Wilderness to trap and fit GPS collars on grizzly bears. The researchers also are trying to get DNA samples …
Sun., May 24, 2015
Field reports: Weed control to close Newman Lake access
BOATING – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public-access site at Newman Lake will be closed June 2-4 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian …
Sun., May 3, 2015
Out & About: Mudders trash restored national forest meadow
OUTLAW – Colville National Forest officers are looking for tips in the case of a four-wheel-drive vehicle that left deep marks in a restored meadow this month. After the meadow …
Mon., Sept. 22, 2014
The Rock Doc: ‘Jeopardy’ clue calls for hard answers
A good friend of mine checks each morning on the Web for the final “Jeopardy” question from the TV game show. I don’t go to movies or follow sports, so …
Tue., Sept. 16, 2014, 9:03 a.m.
Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved …
Mon., May 12, 2014
The Rock Doc: Midwest isn’t out of danger from quakes
I once experienced a small earthquake when I was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. The natives thought little of the temblor, but I was impressed that the ground beneath …
Thu., March 27, 2014
Spokane has lower risk for landslides than Western Washington
Landslides are part of Spokane’s geologic history, though the risk is slim for the type of major slide such as last weekend’s devastating mountainside collapse northeast of Seattle. “Low risk …
Mon., March 3, 2014
Rock Doc: GPS monitors help scientists predict volcanic eruptions
There are two main things most people would like to know about particular volcanoes: When is the next eruption and how big will that eruption be? Scientists in Iceland have …
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Doug Clark: Mix crack and pot and you have geologists’ Spokane Fault
The city of my birth is once again being treated like the dopey kid who stuck his tongue to the frozen flagpole. We just can’t catch a break when our …
Mon., July 15, 2013
Rock Doc: Alaska’s coastal glaciers have much to tell
Each year at this time, thousands of tourists embark on cruises along Alaska’s stunning coastal waters. If they are lucky, the tourists experience dry weather, relatively calm seas and breathtaking …
Mon., April 29, 2013
The Rock Doc: Stream research goes with flow of technology
It’s obvious that streams and rivers carry cobbles, gravel and sand downstream. Geologists know streams move a lot of material at flood stage but, even during calmer water flow, streams …
Mon., March 11, 2013
Rock Doc: Meteorite makes impression on geologists
I think the most memorable single day of all my years as a student was the afternoon I got to examine moon rocks in graduate school. Rocks on Earth are …
Mon., Feb. 4, 2013
Sutter’s Mill also site of modern-day meteorite rush
As a geologist I hope you remember the story of Sutter’s Mill. It was the place in California where gold was discovered in 1848. As news of the discovery spread, …
Sun., Jan. 27, 2013
Park offers glimpse of geologic history
VANTAGE, Wash. – Blistering hot in midsummer and bitterly cold in the dead of winter, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is best visited in the spring or fall. West Siders …
Thu., Nov. 29, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Ice sheets melting at poles faster than before
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by global warming, polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are now melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s, a new scientific study …
Sun., Nov. 25, 2012
Book Notes: Rock Doc’s book explores climate change
E. Kirsten Peters, who writes the Rock Doc column that runs in Monday’s Today section, has a new book out. Peters, a geologist by trade who taught geology and science …
Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 11:09 a.m.
Geologists find East Coast quakes travel farther
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Data from the 2011 earthquake centered in Virginia shows East Coast tremors can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought, the …
Mon., Oct. 29, 2012
Earth’s natural changes aren’t always gradual
Many subscribers to this newspaper live on top of a pile of ancient lava flows. The pile is nothing to sneeze at – it’s thousands of feet thick. Part of …
Sun., Oct. 28, 2012, 2:33 a.m.
Tsunami waves smaller than expected at start in HI
HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves of a tsunami hitting Hawaii on Saturday night were smaller than expected, roughly three hours after evacuations were ordered for coastal areas threatened after …
Tue., April 15, 1997
Earthquake Fault Found In Snake River Plain Discovery Implies Fault Zone Under Boise May Be Active
A graduate student at Boise State University has documented the first active earthquake fault found anywhere in Idaho’s Snake River plain. Boise State geoscientists said Monday that the fault indicates …
Mon., Feb. 17, 1997
Science Finds ‘Smoking Gun’ That Killed Dinosaurs Proof That Giant Asteroid Hit Earth Found In Ocean Floor Sediment
Scientists who drilled core samples from the ocean bed said Sunday they have found proof that a huge asteroid smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago and probably killed …
Mon., Oct. 28, 1996
For Now, Mount St. Helens Is Slumbering But Danger Grows; Meanwhile, Mount Rainier Moves Up To No. 1 On The Volcano Hazard List
October marks the 10th anniversary since Mount St. Helens’ last eruption. Photo by Associated Press