North Cascades Institute Presents-
Fire and Brimstone: Living with Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest Online
What distinguishes the Pacific Northwest from other regions in the United States? Hint: it’s an explosive geological feature. That’s right – our many active volcanoes! From Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak in the north to Mts. Rainier, Adams and St. Helens, these iconic glacier-clad peaks of the Cascade Range are part of a 800 mile-long chain of volcanoes, according to the USGS, extending from northern California to southern British Columbia.
“The volcanoes are the result of the slow slide of dense oceanic crust as it sinks beneath North America (subduction), which releases water and melts overlying rock,” the geological agency explains. “Cascade volcanoes have erupted in the recent past and will erupt again.”Join science educator Gina Roberti for an interactive online presentation which will provide you the tools to observe and understand volcanic processes. Become acquainted with the volcanoes in our region and why we have so much volcanic activity concentrated in this part of the world. You’ll also gain awareness of volcanic hazards to serve as an informed community member.
In this virtual program, we’ll use satellite images and aerial photography to make observations of the major stratovolcanoes of the Cascades range. You’ll learn how to observe evidence of past eruptive processes in the rock record on your next hike or drive over a mountain pass. We will also discuss how the science of volcano monitoring and hazards mitigation has shifted with modern technologies and become familiar with the international collaboration of government agencies. Finally, we will discuss how we as communities can live safely with volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
Your registration includes a 45-minute interactive comprehensive volcano presentation; dynamic exploration using Google Earth of regional volcanoes; discussion of local community and global scientific responses to volcano activity; and time for Q&A and discussion.
Prepare to have the top blown off your curiosity in this red-hot program! For more information and to register click here.