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Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods

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ISBN13: 9780878424153
ISBN10: 0878424156
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When geologist J Harlan Bretz walked the dry scabland channels of eastern Washington in the 1920s, he realized he was viewing a landscape sculpted by water — lots of water — a flood of catastrophic proportions. Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods tells the gripping tale of a huge Ice Age lake that, when it suddenly drained, unleashed more that ten times the combined flow of all the modern rivers of the world. This is also the story of geologists grappling with scientific controversy — "of how personalities, pride, and prejudice sometimes supersede scientific evidence."

Generously illustrated with photographs and two-color maps, the book follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured through eastern Washington and rushed down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean.

Along the way, readers can examine glacial lake shorelines, giant current ripples, now-dry waterfalls that when flowing would have dwarfed Niagara Falls, and other evidence that led scientists to daring new conclusions about geologic processes.

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Do not be repelled by the word "humongous"; the book is a serious description, for the lay reader, of the several Bretz floods (Lake Missoula was repeatedly created by a glacier dam, which then released suddenly). The book includes many photos and maps.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods tells the gripping tale of a huge Ice Age lake that, when it suddenly drained, unleashed more that ten times the combined flow of all the modern rivers of the world. This is also the story of geologists grappling with scientific controversy — "of how personalities, pride, and prejudice sometimes supersede scientific evidence". Illustrated with photographs and two-color maps, the book follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured through eastern Washington and down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean.

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Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods tells the tale of a huge Ice Age lake that, when it suddenly drained, unleashed more than ten times the combined flow of all the modern rivers of the world. The book follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured eastern Washington and rushed down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean.

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Dave, April 18, 2006 (view all comments by Dave)
If the idea of catastrophic glacial floods and their still-visible effects on vast reaches of Eastern Washington's geology and topography fascinates you, I haven't found a better book for building a perspective of the whole process. This is particularly true if you are not a trained geologist: Mr. Alt lays a foundation that illustrates the conditions that led to the mega-floods, then follows the evidence that the floodwaters inflicted upon various watercourses on the way to the ocean. Mr. Alt presents it all in terms a layperson can understand and use in exploring a series of disasters writ large upon the land.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780878424153
Author:
Alt, David D.
Publisher:
Mountain Press Publishing Company
Author:
Alt, David D.
Location:
Missoula, Mont.
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Floods
Subject:
Glacial epoch
Subject:
Missoula, Lake.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Glacial epoch -- Northwest, Pacific
Subject:
Floods -- Northwest, Pacific.
Subject:
Geology-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
Series Volume:
79
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
199
Dimensions:
8.99x6.03x.49 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 199 pages Mountain Press Publishing Company - English 9780878424153 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods tells the gripping tale of a huge Ice Age lake that, when it suddenly drained, unleashed more that ten times the combined flow of all the modern rivers of the world. This is also the story of geologists grappling with scientific controversy — "of how personalities, pride, and prejudice sometimes supersede scientific evidence". Illustrated with photographs and two-color maps, the book follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured through eastern Washington and down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean.
"Synopsis" by , Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods tells the tale of a huge Ice Age lake that, when it suddenly drained, unleashed more than ten times the combined flow of all the modern rivers of the world. The book follows the path of the floodwaters as they raged from western Montana across the Idaho Panhandle, then scoured eastern Washington and rushed down the Columbia Gorge to the Pacific Ocean.
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