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Geology Day at Bonneville Lock and Dam

Published May 3, 2017

NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash. – Bonneville Lock and Dam will host its annual Geology Day event at the Washington Shore Visitor Complex on Thursday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Earth doesn’t stand still for long in the Columbia River Gorge. Floods, eruptions and landslides are just a few of the earth-shaking events that will be featured at the event. Find out if you are ready for the geologic hazards looming around us. Listen to expert insights about the Table Mountain landslide and the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. Examine how remarkable cataclysms – lava flows, shifting tectonic plates, volcanoes, ice-age floods and massive landslides – have shaped the landscape that surrounds us!

The event marks the 37th anniversary of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and explores many of the geologic marvels of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone interested in geology or looking for an exciting opportunity to see “real-world” applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will find something here to capture their imagination.

The event will open at 10 a.m., with hands-on educational stations available to visitors throughout the day.  Geologist Talks will begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.  The event will conclude with a tour of the powerhouse at 2 p.m.

Bonneville Lock and Dam is located approximately 40 miles east of Vancouver on the Columbia River, at mile post 38.5 on Washington State Route 14. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information on this and other events, contact the Visitor Center staff at Bonneville Lock and Dam at 541-374-8820, or go to the website,


Sarah P. Bennett

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