09-24-2019  Geology Licensing News Note

Geology News Notes:  This came across our web desk might be of interest to you


Geologist Licensing Services

The Washington State Geologist Licensing Board is proposing to amend chapter 308-15 WAC Geologist Licensing Services. As such, the Board sent the attached message to licensees back in July to give them the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.

The Board would like to request that you post the attached information on your website or send as an email to your membership so they can also have the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes. This will also allow any licensee that did not see the notice, a second chance to comment. All comments are due to the board by September 30, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out

Best Regards,

Julia Manley

Licensing Manager; Regulatory Boards Section

Washington State Department of Licensing

Office: (360) 664-1497


12-7-2019 Peter Ward — The Coming Great Simplification?

We are living in a time of unprecedented and rapid technological, economic, social, and environmental change.  I will argue that, in spite of what seems to be ever greater technological complexity, the largest scale natural “operations” of Earth are actually undergoing an unnoticed simplification, one that is already affecting geological landscapes, biodiversity, global economy, and human population.  I will make predictions about specific “simplifications” that will accrue from sea-level rise, climate instability, diminishing petroleum output, increasing population, and dwindling global food supply.  Whether these simplifications happen fast enough to allay an actual mass extinction (of our species) rather than “just” the current and expanding “mass depletion” over the next century, remains to be observed.

Dr. Peter Ward is a paleontologist and astrobiologist at the University of Washington and a world-renowned authority on mass extinctions, climate change, evolution, and astrobiology.  His research examines the history of life on Earth over billions of years, focusing in particular on mass extinction events.  That work gives him unique ‘deep time’ perspectives on the future of life on this planet, as well as the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe.  Dr. Ward has appeared on NOVA and Ted Talks and written over a dozen popular science books including “Rivers in Time: the Search for Clues to Earth’s Mass Extinctions” and “The Flooded Earth: Our Future In a World Without Ice Caps”.


2019-07-15 Kitty Reed: Fort Worden Geology beach walks

Bluffs at Fort Worden

Beach Walks on July 15 and 31, 2019:  Geology of Fort Worden Bluffs

Kitty Reed describing sedimentary features exposed in the bluffs on the north side of Fort Worden

July 15th and July 31st

Geology group advisors Kitty Reed, Michael Machette, and Keith Norlin led two beach walks along the bluff on the north side of Fort Worden.  These walks took 2-3 hours each and occurred during morning low tides:  July 15, Mon., 9-12; July 31, Wed. 9:30-12:30. We looked at the sediments that record much of the late Pleistocene history of the area, as well as on-going bluff erosion. A fee of $10 per person (paid at time of field trip) was charged to cover our photocopy costs.  Each trip was limited to 15 persons, and registration deadline is a week before each trip.

To download a more recent guide for this trip click here*. The long version of the self guided field trip is found on the QGS website; titled:  Geology of bluff along North Beach, Fort Worden (updated 2023) – click here.     *This link is temporarily not working, check back soon 2/2024.