Opals in Oregon

November 16 7:00 PM Fern Ridge Library, Veneta, OR 541-935-7512 fr-fol@hotmail.com
Daniele McKay is a native Oregonian who grew up in the wide open spaces of Oregon's High Desert. She currently lives in Bend, but spends much of her time in Eugene pursuing a doctorate degree in geology at the University of Oregon. The focus of her research is volcanology, specifically the type of volcanic activity that forms cinder cones. Although her work encompasses cinder cone eruptions around the world, she spends most of her time studying this type of activity here in Oregon. Recent eruptions in the Cascades and at Newberry Volcano have produced hundreds of cinder cones that are relatively understudied. Daniele is working to develop a better understanding of their eruptions and the hazards that future cinder cone eruptions might pose to nearby communities.

Daniele’s program will focus on Opal formation in Oregon; specifically,
- How they form
- Where they occur
- What we do with them
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