Rocky Mountain formation explained
Rocky Mountain formation explained

As skiers and snowboarders we obviously love mountains but when it comes down to it, how much do you really know about their creation? If your interested in the geology of mountains and The Rocky Mountains specifically, you will enjoy this exceptional lecture by Central Washington University geology professor, Nick Zentner.

Nick has an uncanny ability to make the finer points of geology understandable to us recreational academics and we love him for it. This lecture truly a treat and will change the way you look at The Rocky Mountains.


BS in Geology, 1986, University of Wisconsin – Madison

MS in Geology, 1989, Idaho State University – Pocatello

1989-1992, taught geology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

1992-present, teaches geology at Central Washington University

In 2015 (GSA meeting in Baltimore), Nick received the prestigious James Shea Award, a national award recognizing exceptional delivery of Earth Science to the general public. Past recipients include John McPhee, Jack Horner, and Robert Ballard.

In 2021, the PBS-TV geology show ‘Nick On The Rocks’ won two Emmy awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2023 (GSA meeting in Pittsburgh), Nick received the prestigious Geological Society of America Public Service Award, a national award recognizing contributions that have materially enhanced the public’s understanding of the earth sciences. Past recipients include Lucy Jones, Richard Alley, and Stephen Jay Gould.

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