NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday May 5—RSVP by May 3

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Mount St. Helens Eruption from an Extremely Close Point of View
Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting— Thursday May 5
Topic: Mount St. Helens Eruption from an Extremely Close Point of View
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Hickson, P. Geo, FGAC, FSEG, FRGS, FGC; President, Tuya Terra Geo Corp; Burnaby, BC

Mount St. Helens—Thirty six years and counting

Where were you 36 years ago? Most people living in the North Western United states can remember the impact of the eruption – it spread a wide blanket of ash over much of Washington state and beyond. The sound was heard over a 1000 miles away. Cathie was there with a front row seat and a set of photographs to prove it! At the time she was a 3rd year geology student at the University of British Columbia, planning to complete her studies focusing on sedimentology and stratigraphy. In the back of her mind was a plan to return to the oil fields of her native Alberta, Canada. Instead, a desire to “see what was going on” first hand brought her to MSH that Sunday morning, 36 years ago.

The witnessing of this catastrophic eruption focused the rest of her studies. She used her sedimentological background to study the “Directed Blast” (pyroclastic surge) that caused most of the widespread devastation resulting from the eruption. Cathie was amongst the first to prove turbulent flow in these catastrophic events, previously thought to move under laminar flow. As a student she also started studying geothermal energy. Cathie was doing temperature surveys as well as being involved in the drilling at Mount Meager during the early 1980s. She then went on to study subglacial volcanoes for her PhD.

Since then her career has never wandered far from the volcanic theme. Volcanoes have taken her from Iceland to Italy to Indonesia and many countries in-between. She has spent time as a geothermal geologist and knows Nevada and its geothermal resources well. She is now returning to carry out exploration for Lithium brines in western Nevada. What’s the link between Lithium and geothermal? Well volcanoes of course!


Biography: Dr. Catherine Hickson, P. Geo, FGAC, FSEG, FRGS, FGC is a Director of Dajin Resources Corp and leads their exploration efforts in Nevada and Argentina. She is an exploration geologist / science manager with extensive global experience. A volcanologist, regional mapper, geothermal geologist & community communication specialist, she served as a research scientist and senior manager with the Geological Survey of Canada. During her distinguished 25 year career, she managed large multidisciplinary global teams doing regional mapping, geophysical and geochemical surveys as well as hazard and risk assessments in South America. Since 2008, she has been working in the field of geothermal resources and more recently, lithium brine exploration. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist, British Columbia Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.


Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Cocktails served at 6:30 PM
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

Please RSVP for the Dinner Meeting by Tuesday May 3 using this link.
If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at or you can call at 775-720-6387.
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