Leading Scientist Discusses Mapping the Olympics

Dr. Rowland Tabor, a leading scientist and author of Geology of Olympic National Park, will present his personal experiences mapping in the Olympics on Sunday, May 5, at Peninsula College. The presentation, which is cosponsored by Peninsula College and the Coastal Watershed Institute, will begin at 4:00 pm in room M125 in Keegan Hall.

Tabor, a retired Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) scientist who now lives in Menlo Park, CA, will provide detailed information on the geology of the Olympic Mountains. He'll elaborate on the development of geologic ideas and outline some of the newer work by other scientists.

The Olympics are part of the Coast Ranges, mountains that extend along the west coast of North America from Mexico to southern Canada. Even though they are closely related in rock composition to the Coast Ranges of Oregon, they are separated from them by the broad lowland of the Chehalis River and are considerably higher and more rugged. They also have some scenery in common with the Insular Ranges of Vancouver Island in Canada, but geologically are quite different. Some of the differences can be seen via a virtual field trip of the region at http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/olym/index.html.

The presentation is free to the public, but a donation of $5 would be appreciated.

For more information, contact Barbara Blackie at Peninsula College at bblackie@pencol.edu or Nicole Harris at Coastal Watershed Institute at nicole.harris@coastalwatershedinstitute.org.

Tabor will also give a presentation on Saturday, May 4, at 4:00 pm in Port Townsend Group at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue. It is sponsored by the Jefferson Land Trust Geology Group. For more information, visit www.quimpergeology.org.