AWG-PNW Chapter E-NEWS February-March 2021 issue

We hope everyone is well and hanging in there for what is hopefully the final act of the pandemic.  I’m scheduled to get my vaccinations during March and look forward to feeling safer going out and about by mid-April.  We’re hoping that everyone who wants a vaccination will be able to get one by August.  In the meantime, here’s the latest chapter news.

We’re in the process of rebuilding our chapter website.  As a result, the URL may change to or something similar.  I’ll let everyone know when the new website is up and running, hopefully by sometime this spring.  In the meantime, if you go to the existing site and it won’t load, we’re probably in the process of switching over.  Many thanks to our webmistress Cindy Bartlett and the UW Student Subchapter’s webmaster Jordan Claytor for making this change!

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, please consider joining AWG.  It’s easiest to do online by clicking on “Become a member.”  If you prefer not to use a credit card online, please let me know at, and I’ll email you a pdf membership form.

Upcoming Meetings:

On Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm, Anders Eskil Carlson will speak for the Central Oregon Geological Society about “Our Vanishing Glaciers, Part II.”  To register* go to   If you’re a student (undergraduate or graduate) doing geological research in central Oregon, COGS offers research grants, so go to the Educational Outreach page on their website to download the application.  The next deadline is March 1.

The UW Student Subchapter is planning a Zoom one-hour “research-pop up happy hour” on Friday, February 26th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.  I’ll send out the link to everyone when I get it, so watch your inbox.

Long-time AWG-PNW member Carrie Gordonwill be the Geological Society of the Oregon Country’s (GSOC) speaker on Friday March 12 at 7:30 pm.  She will be speaking about the Crooked River Caldera.  To register go to

We’re still looking for a speaker for a spring PNW Chapter meeting.  If you have a talk you’d like to give or if you have a suggestion for a speaker, please contact me.

*If you’re one of the people who has trouble getting the registration confirmation emails from Zoom (which seems to hate some smaller email domains), try doing what I do: when you register, a “Meeting Registration Approved” screen should immediately come up.  Copy and paste all of the information on the page to a Word document and save that to your desktop with the meeting date at the front of the file name.  The links all copy over just fine and, unless you have a very cluttered desktop, it’s easier to find than the confirmation email.  This way, it doesn’t matter if you never get the confirmation email from Zoom.

Upcoming Field Trips:

Yes, we’re hoping to get to do these again someday.  While our AWG Iceland field trip has been postponed to 2022, there’s still a lot of pent-up desire to get out and get together to look at rocks.  Please be aware that our field trips typically require AWG membership to participate.

First will be a joint field trip with GSOC led by AWG-PNW members Emily Cahoon and Carrie Gordon June 25-28 to look at “Eastern Oregon Volcanics related to the Yellowstone Plume.”  While people who are fully vaccinated or share a household may form a “pod” and travel together, this will otherwise be a physically distanced field trip – everyone drives their own car, stays in their own tent or motel room, eats by themselves, and masks up and appropriately distances at stops.  Registration will be limited to prevent the caravan of cars from getting too long, so there will be only 8 slots for AWG-PNW members.  Watch your inbox for more information regarding price and registration information soon.

Next will be the AWG N. CA San Andreas Faultfield trip September 16-23.  There’s still room, so you can go to the AWG website to register in the members-only area of the AWG Store (under Events) or contact me to get a registration form at  This field trip will NOT be physically distanced, so you must be fully vaccinated to attend.

Finally, assuming Canada starts letting us in by fall, we’ll be running a SE BC Hot Springs Geology Tour September 26 – October 5.  Mindy Brugman will be our primary leader, and we’ll spend our days looking at geology and soaking in hot water in the evenings.  We’ll get back in time for people to attend the GSA Annual Meeting in Portland (but not the pre-meeting field trips).  We’d like to get a sense of how many people we can expect, so please let me know if you’re interested in coming or if you have general questions.  If you have specific questions about the itinerary, please contact Mindy at  We’re trying to keep the cost (which will not include transportation during the trip) below $1600 and hope to get registration information out by May.  This field trip will NOT be physically distanced, so you must be fully vaccinated to attend (or probably to get into Canada, for that matter).

Marcia Knadle, AWG-PNW President

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