Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods

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Ooligan Press, 2009 - History - 204 pages
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Review: Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods

User Review  - Heather Wheeler - Goodreads

Makes drives and hikes through the gorge and other local places more interesting. Read full review

Review: Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

Interesting read for anyone interested in geology. I would recommend skipping Part 1; as a geologist, I found some of the statements in this section a bit offensive. Read full review

Contents

Contents
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The Living Changing Earth
18
Early Days
24
Scars with a Difference
36
The Unthinkable Heresy
44
The Great Controversy
52
The Revisionists
59
Unusual Currents
66
From Pend Oreille to Spokane
112
The Heart of the Channeled Scablands
125
Lake Lewis Basins
132
Wallula Gap to The Dalles Lake Condon
141
The Dalles to Portland The Columbia Gorge
153
The PortlandVancouver Basin A Story of Erosion
160
The Willamette Valley South of Portland
169
Portland to the Pacific Ocean
181

Major Researchers Since Bretz
76
The landscape before and after the Missoula floods
87
During the Cataclysms and Immediately Afterward
94
Glacial Lake Missoula and the Purcell Trench IceDam
104
The Conclusion But Not the End
192
about the authors
205
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About the author (2009)

John Eliot Allen coauthored the first edition of Cataclysms on the Columbia with Marjorie Burns. He was Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University, a lifelong student of the Columbia Gorge, and author of The Magnificent Gateway, a detailed guide to its geology. He passed away on December 17, 1996, at the age of 88 following an illustrious career as a field geologist, professor, and writer. All three of the authors are native Oregonians.

Marjorie Burns is an author, traveler, and lover of minor adventures, as well as Professor Emeritus at Portland State University. Her main area of expertise is nineteenth-century British literature, though she has also published extensively on J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction and scholarship. She lives with her husband in Washington State at the base of a Cascade volcano and rock climbs, cycles, or kayaks when she's freed from writing and work.

Scott Burns is a professor of geology at Portland State University with research interests that include engineering geology, environmental geology, soils, landslides, geomorphology, and Quaternary geology. When not teaching, he serves on various geological committees and has written numerous articles, chapter contributions, and books. He has taught in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado, and Louisiana before coming home to Oregon. His first book was Environmental, Groundwater, and Engineering Geology: Applications from Oregon (1998). At PSU he has received the Distinguished Faculty Award and the George C. Hoffman Award.

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