Urban Landslides: A Slippery Challenge for the Forensic Geologist is the topic of of the next OMSI Science Pub on Tuesday, January 17, 2012:
Oregon is very prone to landslides because of steep slopes, periodic high rainfall events, and earthquakes. Scott Burns, an expert in the study of landslides, uses many examples from the Portland area to explain how geologists and engineers study landslides to help prevent them. Landslides are not covered by normal homeowner’s insurance. If a landslide hits a house or if the house slides down a hill, there is no insurance help. Find out how and why landslides happen, and what areas to avoid when the rain starts.
Presenter Scott Burns, PhD is a professor of geology at Portland State University.
This science pub takes place at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan) from 7pm until 9pm, but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.