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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 4
Episode 6
Fly into the 1980 crater of Mt. St. Helens and learn how volcanic forces are building a...
Season 4
Episode 5
We’ll explore the third longest lava tube in the nation. Red hot lava built this cave...
Season 4
Episode 4
This gorgeous mountain is not volcanic, but the accumulation of millions of years of...
Season 4
Episode 3
Palm trees in the center of Washington state? Yes, if you’re willing to go back 55...
Season 4
Episode 2
Thirty feet of volcanic ash in Washington’s Saddle Mountains fell out of the sky from a...
Season 4
Episode 1
This Oregon landmark is now traced back to supervolcanic explosions related to the...

Specials

Season 1
Episode 1
The majestic river canyon meanders across the central Washington desert — apparently...
Season 1
Episode 2
The Stuart Range near Leavenworth is one of the most beautiful mountains in all of the...
Season 1
Episode 5
Some of the largest lava flows in the world can be found in the deserts of Eastern...
Season 1
Episode 3
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.

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