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Mapmaker Mystery
Winter 2014

A hunt for the author of a hand-drawn map leads to an exploration of the history of geology at WSU.


Categories: WSU history, Earth sciences
Tags: Maps, Geology


A True Story Fraught With Peril
Spring 2014

Buried in hundreds of layers of rock are tales of fire, brimstone, destruction, and fragility.


Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Basalt, Rocks, Volcanoes


Come the big one, everyone becomes a Coug
Fall 2012

As part of the Resilient Washington State Initiative, a multifaceted assessment of the ways an earthquake can hurt us and how hard it will be to recover, WSU engineering professor Dan Dolan looks at how the state's infrastructure will recover.


Categories: Earth sciences, Public affairs, Engineering
Tags: Emergency management, Natural disaster, Earthquake


Orrin Pilkey ’57—A climate change provocateur
Spring 2012
In August 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into Mississippi with winds of nearly 200 miles an hour. The storm blew many things far and wide, including the career track of coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey ’57. Up to that point, Pilkey had...
Categories: Earth sciences, Alumni
Tags: Climate change, Geology, Ocean, Beach


A Fine Thin Skin—wind, water, volcanoes, and ice
Fall 2011
Different as they seem, the soils of Eastern and Western Washington have one thing in common. They come—either by water, wind, or ice—generally from elsewhere. And what takes eons to form can be covered over or erode away in a geologic heartbeat.
Categories: Agriculture, Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Soil, Agronomy


Above & Beyond
Fall 2011
In the spring of 1792, George Vancouver praised “the delightful serenity of the weather.” A few years later, William Clark complained of a dour winter that was “cloudy, dark and disagreeable.” How right they both were. Weather patterns determined by mountains and ocean grant the Pacific Northwest a temperate climate that also has a dark and unpredictable side.
Categories: Earth sciences, Natural sciences, Environmental studies
Tags: Weather, Meteorology, Storms, Climate


Westward Ho!
Fall 2011
There was a time, not so long ago, in our great Northwest when boundaries were not a great concern. When the first non-Indian settlers reached the Palouse and the Columbia Plateau, they could look to the distant horizon and see nothing bu...
Categories: Agriculture, Earth sciences
Tags: Soil, Farmers


Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades
Spring 2010
Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point.
Categories: Archaeology, Earth sciences
Tags: Tephrochronology, Cascades, Native Americans, National parks


Safer skies
Fall 2009
When Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano rumbled to life this past spring, images of the plume of ash rising from it probably revived terrifying memories among 240 people who survived its last eruption in 1989. They’d been passengers on KLM flight ...
Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Volcanoes


Gateway to Rodinia
Winter 2008
A cantaloupe-sized chunk of granite from the other side of the world has revealed that nearly a billion years ago, the Palouse was "ground zero" when a supercontinent called Rodinia broke up. "This was the edge of the continent," says Washington ...
Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Rodinia, Supercontinents


What lies beneath - Pullman and its water
Fall 2008
Financial hardship, fires, and spring floods: In 1890 the community of Pullman was in desperate need of some good news. A hungry blaze had leveled the city's newly rebuilt commercial district only three years after it first burned to the ground i...
Categories: WSU history, Earth sciences
Tags: Artesian wells, Water


Eating well to save the Sound
Summer 2006
The Puget Sound region's 3.8 million population is expected to increase to 5.2 million within the next 15 years. If Puget Sound is to survive that growth, we must change our lives. That, and eat more shellfish.
Categories: Biological sciences, Earth sciences, Food, Health sciences
Tags: Animal behavior, Food, Oysters, Water


Home run at the bottom of the world
Fall 2005
When I was completing my last semester at WSU 10 years ago, I never imagined I would end up in Antarctica, providing computer network support for the U.S. Antarctic Program. I work on the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP), an icebreaker that is contr...
Categories: Earth sciences, Alumni
Tags: Antarctica


Leading the Rebirth of the Blast Zone
Summer 2005
On an unusually balmy January day, a lush Douglas fir forest in the Green River Valley is dappled with sunlight. Dick Ford ('70 Forest Mgt.) may not have arranged the blue skies, but the longtime Weyerhaeuser forester did engineer this verdant reb...
Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Mount St. Helens, Forestry


An Exquisite Scar
Fall 2004
The beauty of the channeled scablands comes from unimaginable catastrophe.
Categories: Geography, Earth sciences
Tags: Geology, Palouse, Channeled Scablands


Seeing pollution from a higher vantage
Fall 2004
"This is going to be an earth-shattering instrument."
Categories: Earth sciences, Engineering
Tags: Pollution, Satellites


Designed to compete
Winter 2002
By developing new spring wheat varieties with exceptional milling and baking characteristics, Kim Kidwell hopes to create a domestic demand for Washington wheat so it is milled and baked in the Northwest instead of being exported into increasingly...
Categories: Earth sciences, Agriculture
Tags: Soil, Wheat


The sink's nearly full
Winter 2002
Some climate change researchers have placed high hopes in forest and grassland soils and their ability to act as carbon "sinks." These sinks store excess atmospheric carbon and thus partially offset the effect of increasing amounts of carbon dioxi...
Categories: Environmental studies, Earth sciences
Tags: Climate change, Soil


It came from outer space
Spring 2002
The dust on your mantelpiece may be more interesting than it appears at first swipe. Some of it may be from outer space. While that may not make much difference to your dust rag, some feel that extraterrestrial dust might help explain the cyclical...
Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Space dust