The oft-overlooked basement bedrock of the Pacific Northwest is full of amazing stories and ongoing research full of debate and drama. What do the San Juan Islands, the Stuart Range, Mt. Si, and Hells Canyon have in common? They are all made of exotic terrane material that has oceanic origins long ago. Learn how new geologic techniques are helping support the idea that much of Washington’s oldest bedrock was created in the Pacific Ocean, added to Mexico, and then sent more than 1,000 miles to Washington!
Speaker bio: Nick Zentner has been with Central Washington University as a faculty member in the department of geology since 1992. His outreach to the public includes a popular Ellensburg evening lecture series "Downtown Geology Lectures," a PBS TV series, "Nick On The Rocks," and he leads the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute. In 2015, Nick received the prestigious James Shea Award, a national award recognizing exceptional delivery of earth science content to the general public.