The same geological forces that threaten our lives with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions also nourish our spirits by forming spectacular mountains, valleys, and coastlines. Dr. Robert J. Lillie relates this “Beauty from the Beast” story of the Pacific Northwest by highlighting spectacular scenery in national, state and local parklands. He draws on his experience as a geology professor, park ranger and graphic illustrator to remind us that our hometowns and parklands are subject to geologic processes that affect our lives. Lillie was a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University from 1984 to 2011. He has a Ph.D. in geophysics from Cornell University.