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Nature Night: Geology of Central Oregon's Cascades

Join Daniele McKay to explore the history of Central Oregon volcanoes. We'll examine deposits left behind by ancient volcanoes, and consider what future volcanic activity in Central Oregon might look like.

Volcanic activity has occurred in Central Oregon for the past 40 million years, and will likely continue in the future. The volcanoes scattered throughout Central Oregon make up one of the most active and diverse sections of the entire Cascade range. Join Daniele McKay to explore the history of these volcanoes, from explosive eruptions to quiet lava flows. We'll examine deposits left behind by ancient volcanoes, and consider what future volcanic activity in Central Oregon might look like.

Tickets are free and registration is now open.

Daniele McKay will present Deschutes Land Trust 2015 January Nature Night. Daniele McKay studies volcanoes and teaches geology courses at Oregon State University-Cascade. She graduated with a PhD in geology from the University of Oregon in 2012, where she studied recent volcanic eruptions in the Cascades. Much of this research involved mapping ash deposits produced by cinder cones in Central Oregon and comparing them to similar eruptions in Iceland, Mexico, and other parts of the world.

In addition to teaching geology, Daniele likes playing in the volcanic landscapes of the Cascades, particularly when they are covered with snow. She also enjoys rating the rivers of the west, expanding her culinary repertoire, and exploring any parts of the globe she is lucky enough to travel to.

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