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Nick on the Rocks

Geologist Nick Zentner leads viewers on armchair adventures through Washington’s diverse landscapes.

Nick on the Rocks

Nationally recognized geologist Nick Zentner leads viewers on armchair adventures through Washington’s diverse landscapes — from massive lava flows and the planet’s biggest Ice Age waterfall to wandering mountains and a flank of Mt. Rainier that traveled to Tacoma.
Geologists have found places in the Cascades where Mount Rainier-like volcanoes...
When did a mountain in Washington split and slide to Oregon in the Columbia...
Scenic Lake Chelan is a vacation paradise that was created during the Ice Age.
Is it true that the Columbia River has had many different paths throughout its...
Spectacular rock columns are on display throughout the deserts of eastern...
The Seattle Fault, discovered in the 1990s, runs right beneath downtown and out...
Yakima River Canyon meanders across the central Washington desert — apparently...
The Stuart Range near Leavenworth is one of the most beautiful mountains in all...
Some of the largest lava flows in the world can be found in the deserts of...
Washington’s gold rush isn’t over. Find out how gold came to Washington and...
One of the largest waterfalls in the history of Earth happened in Washington...
5,600 years ago, a Mt. Rainier eruption sent a wall of mud careening down the...

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About Nick

Nick Zentner is the Science Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Department of Geological Sciences at CWU. He has produced more than 40 short videos about central Washington geology. Since 2008, Zentner’s colloquial, humorous lectures have made him a popular speaker at educational and civic organizations throughout the Northwest. In 2015, Nick received the prestigious James Shea Award, a National Association of Geoscience Teachers award recognizing exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public. See more of his lectures on his website.

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