Cataclysms on the Columbia

Cataclysms on the Columbia

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by John Eliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, Scott Burns
     
 

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Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the result of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. The cataclysms at the end of the last Ice Age left a scabland of buttes, dry

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Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the result of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. The cataclysms at the end of the last Ice Age left a scabland of buttes, dry falls, and rocky gorges, but it took the detective work of geologist J Harlen Bretz to prove it to the world. His lifetime of research and unshakeable belief changed geology forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932010312
Publisher:
Ooligan Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
OpenBook Series
Edition description:
Revised ed.
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,140,744
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Burns is an author, a traveler, and a lover of adventure, as well as a professor of English at Portland State University.

Scott Burns is a professor of geology at Portland State University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the early twentieth century, J. Harlen Bretz was a geologist who walked around what were believed to be glacial formations carved through mountains and valleys in the states of Oregon and Washington. He took detailed notes and observed rock patterns from Spokane to Portland, Oregon.and came to the conclusion that a huge prehistoric flood created the canyon called the Scablands. This was completely at odds with the beliefs of established geologists of the time, and he knew this, but he stood up for truth anyway. This book proves to be not only a scientific study but also a riveting drama.