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Rock Hounding

Learn about the current research findings of the Geology of the Northwest.        Many rocks and minerals may be collected from Northwest lands.




Find out what makes earthquakes in the Northwest.        Learn about the conditions that produce landslides.



Find out tsunami inundation mappind in Oregon.       

The geology of the Pacific Northwest is varied, and its expression in the landscape is a major factor in the scenic beauty of this region. The Pacific Northwest landscape has been shaped by plate tectonics and millions of years of volcanic activity. Visitors will find many opportunities to examine the scenic geology and see and collect samples of rocks, minerals and fossils. For more information on geology please visit the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries website at .

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