Public Lectures

This page provides links to online video of public lectures on geologic topics taped on the campus of Central Washington University.

Information about future lectures is available at the CWU Geology Speaker Series page and the Ice Age Floods Institute: Ellensburg Chapter website.

KCWU-TV Studio & Post Production work by CWU's Multimedia Technology and Instructional Support. Cameras & Editing by Rick Spencer. This webpage was designed by Craig Scrivner. Follow the links below to lectures that interest you.


Nick Zentner: 'Geology of Kittitas Valley'

November 17, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on the complex geologic history of central Washington's Kittitas Valley. The valley's rock layers, folded ridges, ash deposits, and recent landforms are discussed.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Nick Zentner: 'Floods of Lava and Water'

November 10, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on eastern Washington's unique landscapes. Floods of lava (15 million years ago) and floods of water (15,000 years ago) are discussed.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Nick Zentner: 'Mount Rainier: Past, Present, & Future'

November 3, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on the geology of Mt Rainier and the geologic history of the Cascades Range.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Nick Zentner: 'Slow Earthquakes'

October 27, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on Washington's recently discoverd slow earthquakes. Data from CWU Geology's network of GPS receivers has revealed a history of "quiet" quakes that occur every 14 months.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Nick Zentner: 'Tsunami in our Future'

October 20, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on tsunami hazard research in the Pacific Northwest. Coastal evidence and submarine canyon sediment data are highlighted.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Nick Zentner: 'Mount Stuart: A Closer Look'

October 13, 2010: CWU geologist Nick Zentner lectures on the geology of Mt Stuart. The basics of granite, the Cascades, and Washington's accreted terrane history are a prelude to a debate over the paleomagnetic interpretation of Mt Stuart's 93 million-year-old granite.

This is part of Zentner's Geology of Washington Series - a collection of 6 new lectures offered in downtown Ellensburg, Washington during the Fall of 2010.


Cynthia Gardner & Dan Dzurisin: 'Mt. St. Helens: The Legacy of the Unrest and Eruption'

August 10, 2010: Cascade Volcano Observatory volcanologists Cynthia Garnder and Dan Dzurisin visit Ellensburg to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption. Cynthia speaks first on the dramatic events before, during, and after the 1980 blast. Then Dan takes the helm to recap the exciting reawakening of the mountain in 2004-2008. Taped in CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.


Nick Zentner: 'Public Outreach in Ellensburg'

August 6, 2008: Central Washington University geologist Nick Zentner discusses the beginnings of the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, the origin of the CWU geology talk show 'Central Rocks', and his outreach to alumni on the CWU Geology website. Taped in CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.


Tom Sisson: 'Mt. Rainier - America's Most Threatening Volcano'

April 25, 2008: USGS Volcanologist Tom Sisson visits Ellensburg to present this lecture on Mt. Rainier's dangers and how they affect residents of the Pacific Northwest. Taped on April 25, 2008 in CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.


Alex Glass: 'Darwin's Dilema - The First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth'

February 16, 2007: Former CWU Geology adjunct professor Alex Glass presents an interesting look at the PreCambrian fossil record. This lecture was part of Darwin Week on the campus of Central Washington University. Taped in CWU's Science Hall Auditorium.


Paul Hoskin: 'Ellensburg's Blue Agate'

June 2, 2006: Former CWU geology professor Paul Hoskin discusses his research with our famous blue agates known the world over. Mineralogist Paul breaks down the formation of the agates - and reveals the source of that rare blue color. Taped in CWU's Science Hall Auditorium.


Brian Atwater: 'Japan's Orphan Tsunami of 1700'

March 3, 2006: USGS Field Geologist Brian Atwater visits Ellensburg to present his new book 'The Orphan Tsunami of 1700" on the tsunami which struck the Pacific Northwest on January 26, 1700 at 9:00pm. Taped in CWU's Black Hall Auditorium.


Alex Glass: 'A Young Earth? A Geologist's Look at the Creation-Evolution Debate'

February 6, 2006: Former CWU Geology adjunct professor Alex Glass musters the courage to tackle a controversial topic: The Creation-Evolution Debate.
50 minutes of lecture is followed by a lively question-and-answer session. This lecture was part of Darwin Week on the campus of Central Washington University. Taped in CWU's Black Hall Auditorium.