Posted by: magmatist | September 4, 2013

Mount Baker presentations in Fall 2013

Several public presentations about Mount Baker eruption history and hazards have been scheduled. In addition, we list a special presentation on Cascade Volcano Monitoring by John Ewert.

Information about the Mount Baker presentation – please scroll down.

October 25: Kendall Elementary School, 6:30 PM. Presenter: Doug McKeever.

October 29: Bellingham – SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “Volcano Monitoring in the Cascades” Oct 29, Whatcom Museum, 7PM. Presenter- John Ewert, Chief Scientist, Cascade Volcano Observatory (USGS).

November 2: La Conner Art Museum, 121 S. First Street. 4 PM. While you are there, be sure to visit the Museum’s exhibit Geology.  A multidisciplinary exhibit pairing science and art with the Northwest’s geology.(October 5, 2013 – January 5, 2014). Presenter: Dave Tucker.

November 18: Bellingham– Bloedel-Donovan Pavilion. 7 PM. Meeting of Mount Baker Rock & Gem Club. Presenter: Doug McKeever.


The famous MBVRC Mount Baker t-shirts will be available for sale, as well as handout materials about the volcano and its hazards.

We are looking for sponsoring organizations elsewhere in the region – Everett, Seattle, Richmond, Ferndale, Glacier. . . if you have suggestions or wish to invite a speaker for a presentation, please contact MBVRC via email:

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The talk presents the volcanic history of Mount Baker: eruptions, collapses, and the hazards this active volcano poses. The state of volcano monitoring at the volcano will be discussed. The likely volcanic future and the potential for impacts on Whatcom-Skagit communities will close out the presentation.

Only 40,000 years old, the Mount Baker cone is about the same age as Mount Saint Helens. Very little was known of its volcanic history until extensive geologic mapping by USGS geologists Wes Hildreth and Kevin Scott began in the mid 1990s. We now know that Mount Baker is but the youngest in a series of volcanoes in the immediate area extending back over 1,000,000 years. Other volcanoes in the Baker group include: two calderas that each erupted roughly 200 times as much ash as Mount St. Helens did in 1980 all in single devastating eruptions; a subglacial cone; and a number of once-sizable stratovolcanoes, most now eroded to nubs. Collapse of the volcano’s southwestern slope sent a large mudflow, or lahar, down the Middle Fork Nooksack River into the lowlands of Whatcom County and possibly as far as the Fraser River. Field studies continue to describe the post-glacial eruptive history. Much of this work is being done by graduate students at Western Washington University. The newest, as yet unpublished research has revealed the patterns of ash deposits erupted from Mount Baker.

Doug McKeever on Mount Baker, 2013.

Doug McKeever on Mount Baker, 2013.

The presentations are given either by Dave Tucker (MS Geology), a research associate with the geology department at Western Washington University, or Doug McKeever, a geology professor at Whatcom Community College. Both are board members of MBVRC, and have done much geologic field work on the volcano.


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