Columbia Gorge: A Unique American Treasure

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.) - 76 pages
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The Columbia River Gorge in Wash. State is one of the most majestic and unique areas in the world. Here the Columbia River carved out the only sea-level break through the Cascade range on its way to the Pacific Ocean. With the Cascades towering as high as 4,000 feet on either side of the river, one finds an everchanging panorama from lush Douglas-fir forests, craggy stands of pine and oaks, majestic stone-faced cliffs, and spectacular waterfalls, to windswept plateaus and semi-arid conditions. This illustrated document brings together information on its history, geology, ecology, natural resources, fisheries, and mgmt. issues.

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Page 43 - Steamboat traffic transformed the Columbia River into a busy commercial highway; however, even these powerful sternwheelers could not ascend the falls and rapids of the Gorge...
Page 43 - In fact, they were often the only means of communication for early settlements.

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