Visiting Geologist Addresses Earth’s Changes and the Challenges to Humans

OGDEN, Utah – Geologist Scott Burns will discuss the hazards and preparation for earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis near the “Cascadia Subduction Zone,” a zone which runs along the coast from Northern Vancouver Island to Northern California. 

Burn’s lecture, “Engineering Geology Challenges on the Cascadia Margin, Pacific Northwest, USA,” will be held Jan. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Lind Lecture Hall Room 124 and is open to the public.

Named as the 2011-12 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology, Burns is visiting colleges and universities to increase students’ awareness about careers in engineering geology by discussing the complex realities humans face, living on an ever-changing planet.  

Burns is a professor of geology at Portland State University, specializing in environmental and engineering geology. He is the author or co-author of two books and more than 80 articles.

Sponsors of the lecture include the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Geological Society of America Engineering - Geology Division, Weber State University’s Department of Geosciences, the College of Science and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

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