Patrick Pringle


Centralia College

Patrick Pringle is Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at Centralia College, Washington. He was Research Geologist at the DNR Washington Geological Survey during 1990-2005 and was with US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory from 1982–1990. Pat studies volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows, commonly using radiocarbon and tree-ring analysis to establish the history of past geologic events. He is the author of books on the roadside geology of Mounts St. Helens and Rainier as well as many published paper and reports. The Mount Rainier book won the Geoscience Information Society’s “Best Guidebook Award” for 2009, presented at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting that year. He has received several teaching awards including Washington Association of College Trustees Faculty of the Year in 2016.


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Old Sticks in the Mud: Hazards of Lahars from Mount Rainier Volcano part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Volcanic debris flows (lahars) flow long distances, bury and aggrade river valleys, and cause long-term stream disturbances and dramatic landscape changes. Students will evaluate the nature, scale, and history of ...

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