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Geology of Central Oregon

Central Oregon Volcanoes

Central Oregon Volcanoes: Newberry Volcano

Friday, October 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 12, 8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Each academic term, expert volcanologist and UO alumnus and professor Dr. Daniele McKay offers a two-day workshop focusing on how and why volcanoes erupt, and the geologic history of the Central Oregon Cascades. Participants will meet for a lecture on Friday evenings from 5:30–8:30 p.m. before an all-day field trip on Saturday (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) to explore formations that Dr. McKay discussed the night before.

The Fall 2019 Newberry Volcano lecture will be held on Friday, October 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at the Health Careers Center 140 (HCC 140) at Central Oregon Community College. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The lecture on Friday will cover a detailed examination of Earth's interior and the processes that drive plate tectonics. We will also examine tectonic processes that result in the generation of magma, and how these processes influence the generation of magma worldwide.

Saturday, October 12, will be spent in the field investigating recent volcanic deposits and the impacts that volcanoes have had in shaping the landscapes and culture of Central Oregon. We will visit Newberry Volcano, which is the largest volcano in the Cascade Range and one of the most recent volcanoes in Oregon to erupt. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. and park at the library parking lot (lot D) at COCC. The expected return time is 5:00 p.m. A COCC campus map may be accessed here.

Fall Courses
Instructor(s): Daniele McKay
October 11–12, 2019
Online registration currently unavailable.
Winter Courses
Instructor(s): Daniele McKay
March 13–14, 2020
Spring Courses
Instructor(s): Daniele McKay
May 29–30, 2020

About These Workshops

Although you may not spend a lot of time thinking about volcanoes, these geologic features impact our daily lives in many ways—especially in Oregon and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. In these workshops, we will examine how and why volcanoes erupt, where they exist on the planet, and how we monitor them for signs of activity. We will look at the impacts of volcanic activity on people, infrastructure, and natural resources, and we will explore some of the most recent volcanic eruptions that have occurred in Oregon.

Lectures will cover the same material as a typical undergraduate class on volcanoes offered through the University of Oregon. We will look in depth at the structure of Earth’s interior, plate tectonics, and the generation of magma and igneous rocks. We will also examine various eruption styles and landforms, volcanic hazards, and techniques used to monitor volcanoes for signs of activity.

Field trips will visit various types of volcanoes in Central Oregon, with a focus on recent volcanic activity and the risks and benefits of living in close proximity to active volcanoes.

Objectives of these workshops are to:

  • Become familiar with Earth’s internal structure and the processes that drive plate tectonics.
  • Understand how magma is generated and how this influences the location of volcanoes worldwide.
  • Become familiar with volcanic landforms, eruption styles, and the hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruptions.
  • Learn about techniques used to monitor volcanoes for signs of activity.
  • Gain an appreciation for the impact of volcanic activity on human history.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of living in close proximity to potentially active volcanoes.
  • Experience the volcanic history of central Oregon first hand through field trips and hands-on examination of recent volcanic deposits.

These workshops are designed for a broad range of backgrounds. People with little or no background in geology will gain an introduction to the geological sciences and the study of volcanoes. People with a strong background in geology will expand their understanding of volcanology and volcanic hazards and monitoring.

Registration is required for each workshop and payment is due upon registration. CEU verification available.