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Marjorie Burns and Scott Burns: Cataclysms on the Columbia
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:00pm

Portland State University Library Presents
Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors

Marjorie Burns and Scott Burns
Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods

Thursday, May 12
7 pm
Room 75, Lincoln Hall

COTC_CoverImage300dpi.jpgCataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the results of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. The last Ice Age left scabland buttes, dry falls, and old river channels in its wake, but it took the detective work of geologist J. Harlan Bretz to prove it to the world. With a lifetime of research and an unshakeable belief, Bretz made history and changed geology forever.

Join the Portland State University Library for a fascinating presentation about the formation of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Marjorie Burns will talk about writing the book with the late John Allen, and Scott Burns will show a PowerPoint presentation about the geological evolution of the Columbia Gorge. Both professors will take questions after the presentation and will sign copies of their book.

Marjorie Burns, professor emerita, is an author, traveler, and lover of adventure. She taught English at Portland State University. Currently on leave from teaching to write, Marjorie lives with her husband in Washington State, near the base of a dormant volcano. She is an avid kayaker, cyclist, and rock climber.

Scott Burns is a professor of geology at Portland State University with research interests that include engineering geology, environmental geology, soils, landslides, geomorphology, and quaternary geology. When not teaching, he serves on numerous geological committees and has written numerous articles, chapter contributions, and books.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Books will be on sale, and there will be a signing after the presentation provided by Ooligan Press. The trade edition of the book will be discounted at $20.00. Ooligan Press accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards.

Questions? Please write to library@pdx.edu.