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Nick on the Rocks

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

Episodes

Season 3
The fingerprints of rushing water rise from the desert as huge ripples of rocks. The...
Season 3
The record of the Northwest’s last cataclysmic earthquake is buried in the mud with only...
Season 3
From the Deception Pass bridge you can see all the way to Mexico— but only if you look...
Season 3
Discover the Ice Age secret locked in the rich depths of the Palouse. Long thought to be...
Season 3
How did giant Steamboat Rock survive the powerful Ice Age forces that formed the Grand...
Season 3
Follow the trail that led geologists to find an ancient lake that submerged much of...

Specials

Season 1
The majestic river canyon meanders across the central Washington desert — apparently...
Season 1
The Stuart Range near Leavenworth is one of the most beautiful mountains in all of the...
Season 1
Some of the largest lava flows in the world can be found in the deserts of Eastern...
Season 1
Washington’s gold rush isn’t over. Find out how gold came to Washington and where active...


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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.

Upcoming Episodes

Thu 2/21, 8:54pm
Ghost Forest

The record of the Northwest’s last cataclysmic earthquake is buried in the mud with only ancient trees to tell the story above ground. Follow the trail of the quake that dropped the coastline six feet and pushed a mega-wave all the way to Japan...

Fri 2/22, 4:44pm
Ghost Forest

The record of the Northwest’s last cataclysmic earthquake is buried in the mud with only ancient trees to tell the story above ground. Follow the trail of the quake that dropped the coastline six feet and pushed a mega-wave all the way to Japan...

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