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kylebrittain, February 24, 2011 (view all comments by kylebrittain)
"Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods" tells story of an exceedingly large geological event that began when an ice-impounded lake in Montana began to melt. When the water level rose high enough, the ice dam broke and a colossal volume of water was rapidly unleashed. This flood created the striking channeled scablands of Eastern Washington.

"Cataclysms" is also the story of geologist J Harlen Bretz, who first posited the cataclysmic flood hypothesis. Bretz began postulating his theory in a hostile academic period, when uniformitarianism was the dominant paradigm. The authors of Cataclysms tell the Bretz’s thrilling biography, detailing the history of his research, his critics and his eventual vindication.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book for anyone interest in the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Three authors working on separate sections wrote the book, but it feels like an organic whole; John Elliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, and Scott Burns each have distinct voices and perspectives, but all show a profound respect for the work and legacy of Bretz.

This book, with its detailed maps and photographs, also serves as an indispensible tour guide for anyone interested in visiting the areas around the Columbia and Grand Coulee rivers.
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Susan Wiget, October 18, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
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.
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Allen, John Eliot
Ooligan Press
Burns, Scott
Burns, Marjorie
Earth Sciences - Geology
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Natural Disasters
Bretz, J. Harlen
Erosion -- Columbia Plateau.
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Second Edition, Revised
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8.92x7.08x.60 in. 1.06 lbs.

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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.

"Synopsis" by , "Cataclysms on the Columbia" chronicles the geological research that led to the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest.
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