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Geology program ‘flies’ viewers over path of Ice Age Floods

GEOLOGY -- Fasten your seat belts geology buffs, a geologist will present a free program this week that uses technology, personal aircraft and video footage to "fly" viewers over the Ice Age Floods from Lake Missoula to Wallula Gap.

Tom Tabbert will use his "flying Trike" to explore features of the great floods of 12,000-18,000 years ago and the aftermath of carved canyons, potholes and scabland washes through Eastern Washington. Floodies can expect fewer geological facts and more geological WOW in this new perspective of these fascinating geologic events.

The program will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Eastern Washington University, Science Building, Room 137, in Cheney.

“The Ice Age Floods – A Perspective from Above and Within” program is co-sponsored by the Ice Age Floods Institute and the EWU Department of Geology.

Tabbert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Geology.  His career, however, led him to a tenure flying in the Navy aboard the USS Nimitz carrier before settling into his present career as a company consultant for knee and hip replacement. 

The video above offers a sampling of how the program is put together. Says Tabbert:

This is a cross-country Trike adventure George and I flew in early August 2014 from Spokane WA to Polson Mt where we set off to explore northern Idaho and NW Montana. Our adventures in this video include a 5:20 am departure and flight into Bonners Ferry Idaho and track SE down the Kootenai river. This video is useful in giving the viewer a perspective of the terrain in this region. He began flying Trikes four years ago and today his passion is for flying and Geology together in a unique format. 

Check out an overview of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and other areas in the YouTube videos he's been posting recently.

For info about the program or the local chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, contact Melanie Bell,; (509) 954.4242.

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