Cape Perpetua Discovery Series Explores Coastal Geology Dec. 10

Contact(s): Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289

Waldport, OR – The picturesque Oregon Coast attracts many with its breath-taking beauty. But it also elicits cautionary fear with its warnings of earthquakes and tsunamis. Ironically, the very geologic forces that threaten lives also are responsible for the spectacular mountains, valleys and coastlines cherished by Oregonians.

Oregon State University Emeritus Professor of Geosciences Bob Lillie, Ph.D., shares the connection between hazards and scenery in “Beauty from the Beast” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, during the Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series at the Visitor Center, three miles south of Yachats.

Dr. Lillie draws on his experience as a geology professor, park ranger and graphic illustrator to reveal plate tectonics in action and explain the basics of Earth science in easy-to-understand ways.

“’Beauty from the Beast’ reminds Northwest residents and visitors that their hometowns and iconic parklands are subject to geologic processes that affect their lives and livelihoods,” Dr. Lillie said. “By learning to live with the beast of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, people can more fully appreciate the beauty that surrounds them.”

Dr. Lillie will also be available to sign his new book “Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.” The book can be purchased at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

The Cape Perpetua Winter Discovery Series is an opportunity to explore topics and resources relevant to the Oregon Coast during the off-season months between November and March. All presentations and guided walks are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.