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Geology of Central Oregon

Central Oregon Volcanoes Fall 2018 Session: Newberry Caldera

A New Series Featuring Lectures Plus Field Trips in Central Oregon

Friday, October 12, 6:00–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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. The spectacular volcanoes of the Cascades provide exceptional wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and natural resources. The high elevation of the Cascades plays a major role in determining climate differences between temperate rainforests on the west side of the range and arid high deserts on the east side.

Volcanoes can also be dangerous. Lava flows can bury roads, houses, and everything else in their path. Volcanic ash can cause severe problems for transportation, agriculture, drinking water supplies, and air quality. Volcanic gasses can be deadly to breathe, and they can alter global atmospheric conditions and climate. For these reasons, it is important to study volcanoes and to be prepared for future volcanic activity.

Dr. Daniele McKay offers a two-day course focusing on how and why volcanoes erupt, and the geologic history of the Central Oregon Cascades. We will meet on Friday, October 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Oregon Bend Center for an introduction to the geology of volcanoes. On Saturday, October 13, we will spend the day in the field looking at recent volcanic deposits and the impacts that volcanoes have had in shaping the landscapes and culture of Central Oregon. Course objectives include:

  • Become familiar with volcanic products and processes.
  • Learn about the active volcanoes of the Cascade Mountains.
  • Understand the hazards posed by active volcanoes.
  • 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.

This course is designed for people with little or no background in geology. We will cover the basics of how and why volcanoes erupt, and the deposits they produce. Participants with previous knowledge of geology and geologic process will broaden their understanding of the volcanic history of Central Oregon, and of volcanoes in general.

Registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. CEU verification available.

2018–19 Courses

Winter 2019: Central Oregon Volcanoes: Living on Volcanoes. Dates: TBD

Spring 2019: Central Oregon Volcanoes: Crooked River Caldera. Dates: TBD

Summer 2019: Central Oregon Volcanoes: Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters Area. Dates: TBD

Visit this page throughout the year as we update information!

Fall Courses
Instructor(s): Daniele McKay
October 12–13, 2018
Online registration currently unavailable.