September 13, 2012 |

Ice Age Floods Institute presents lecture, bike trip

The Ice Age Floods Institute, Cheney-Spokane Chapter and the Spokane Community College Department of Science are sponsoring a free public lecture by Dr. Gene Kiver, professor emeritus of geology, Eastern Washington University. Kiver will present “Missoula Floods in the Northern Reaches” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium in the Student Union Building No. 6.  

As recently as 15,000 years ago, up to 500 cubic miles of water roared across the Pacific Northwest forever changing the landscape. Kiver will describe the timing and pathways in the northern reaches of the floods in this illustrated talk.

Kiver taught geology for over 32 years at Eastern Washington University and conducted active research career that emphasized landforms and surficial processes. He has numerous writings including co-authoring with Bruce Bjornstad the book “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods, the Northern Reaches.”

Kiver and EWU archivist Dr. Charles Muschler are leading a bike field trip on Saturday, Sept. 29 to Rock Lake. Rock Lake, south of Cheney is the deepest and most rugged of the Missoula Flood canyons in Eastern Washington.

The history of the now defunct Milwaukee Railroad, the last of the transcontinental railroads in the Pacific Northwest, and the origin of the lake and in Eastern Washington will be highlighted. Engineered for heavy traffic, the Milwaukee was completed as a combination of economic forces reduced the need for it.

Registration is limited to 30 bikers. Information about the tour and registration form can be accessed at www.iceagefloodsewa.org, Calendar Tab, then Events, choose this event; or by contacting bike tour registrar Jean Bruntlett, 235-2568 or Gene Kiver-froghollow@sisna.com.

Lecture information is available at iaficheneyspokane@gmail.com or by calling Melanie Bell at 509-954-4242.

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