Patrick Pringle will talk about the traces of past eruptions and earthquakes evidenced in buried forest

COOS BAY — The geology lecture series continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, with “Buried and Submerged Forests: Time Capsules with Secrets of Past Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions,” by Patrick Pringle. This free lecture will be at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts at Southwest Oregon Community College.

Pringle is a member of the faculty at Centralia College in Washington. He earned BS and MS degrees from the University of Akron. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Cascade Volcano Observatory and the Washington Department of Natural Resources before joining the faculty at Centralia. Pringle has been an active lecturer and field trip leader throughout his career. Among his numerous research publications, two with wide public distribution are Roadside Geology of Mount St. Helens and Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier (a best guide-book award winner). Much of his current research is associated with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science grant program which involves collaboration between college and high school faculty.

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All of the free geology talks begin at 7 p.m. in the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the SWOCC Campus. Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include Oregon Resources Corporation, the SWOCC Foundation and the college. Talks in the series will include, Dr. Gavin Hayes (USGS) with the ninth annual Cascadia Earthquake lecture titled “Disasters: Response in the 21st Century” on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

For additional information, contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.