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Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood

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The massive Missoula floods carved the dramatic scablands of eastern Washington and flooded the Columbia and Willamette valleys to depths of 400 feet as far south as Eugene. Bretz's Flood is the bracing story of the geologist who, like Galileo and Darwin before him, challenged prevailing thought and put forth a theory that incited academic controversy for years.
Recommended by Jason W., Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Review-A-Day

"....Soennichsen's book is in a sense three stories: the story of Bretz's life, the story of the floods, and the story of the long road Bretz's theory took to final acceptance....[A] wonderful addition to the geology of the Pacific Northwest, recommended to anyone living here (and to geologists everywhere)." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Review:

"J Harlen Bretz was an unusual geologist: more than a maverick-turned-icon, more than a conscientious and thorough field worker, and more than a demanding professor, he also had a remarkable sense of humor and the strength to persevere despite professional obloquy. Author Soennichsen (Live! From Death Valley) delivers a vivid portrait of the man whose pioneering work began by accident, when a 1921 summer field trip to the Cascade Mountains fell through. Instead, Bretz led his students on foot through the Washington Scablands around Spokane, and returned every summer after with his students and family to map, measure, and record the unique terrain-including the gigantic 'ship' of eroded basalt at Grand Coulee and the dried remains of the world's largest waterfall. Bretz's conclusions, of a massive flood unlike anything ever observed, met with intense opposition (largely from those who never observed the Scablands in person). Only over time, and with the advent of aerial photography, were Bretz's ideas confirmed; it's now known that glacial Lake Missoula drained dozens of times, each time unleashing a vast flood across the Pacific Northwest. Soennichsen's book explores a fascinating life in science, and should have appeal for Pacific Northwesterners and science buffs. 20 b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Legendary geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This dramatic book tells the story of this scientific maverick — how he came to study the region, his radical theory that a flood of biblical proportions created it, and how a campaign by the mainstream geologic community tried to derail him for pursuing an idea that satellite photos would confirm decades later.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570615054
Subtitle:
The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Author:
Soennichsen, John
Subject:
North American
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Geologists
Subject:
General
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
United states
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 BandW photos, maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 17 oz

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History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Geology
Science and Mathematics » Geology » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Pacific Northwest

Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood
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Product details 320 pages Sasquatch Books - English 9781570615054 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The massive Missoula floods carved the dramatic scablands of eastern Washington and flooded the Columbia and Willamette valleys to depths of 400 feet as far south as Eugene. Bretz's Flood is the bracing story of the geologist who, like Galileo and Darwin before him, challenged prevailing thought and put forth a theory that incited academic controversy for years.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "J Harlen Bretz was an unusual geologist: more than a maverick-turned-icon, more than a conscientious and thorough field worker, and more than a demanding professor, he also had a remarkable sense of humor and the strength to persevere despite professional obloquy. Author Soennichsen (Live! From Death Valley) delivers a vivid portrait of the man whose pioneering work began by accident, when a 1921 summer field trip to the Cascade Mountains fell through. Instead, Bretz led his students on foot through the Washington Scablands around Spokane, and returned every summer after with his students and family to map, measure, and record the unique terrain-including the gigantic 'ship' of eroded basalt at Grand Coulee and the dried remains of the world's largest waterfall. Bretz's conclusions, of a massive flood unlike anything ever observed, met with intense opposition (largely from those who never observed the Scablands in person). Only over time, and with the advent of aerial photography, were Bretz's ideas confirmed; it's now known that glacial Lake Missoula drained dozens of times, each time unleashing a vast flood across the Pacific Northwest. Soennichsen's book explores a fascinating life in science, and should have appeal for Pacific Northwesterners and science buffs. 20 b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "....Soennichsen's book is in a sense three stories: the story of Bretz's life, the story of the floods, and the story of the long road Bretz's theory took to final acceptance....[A] wonderful addition to the geology of the Pacific Northwest, recommended to anyone living here (and to geologists everywhere)." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Channeled Scablands, between Idaho and the Cascades, is a unique landscape of basalt cliffs, dry waterfalls, canyons, and coulees. Legendary geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to explore the area, starting in the 1920s. This dramatic book tells the story of this scientific maverick — how he came to study the region, his radical theory that a flood of biblical proportions created it, and how a campaign by the mainstream geologic community tried to derail him for pursuing an idea that satellite photos would confirm decades later.
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