Many monstrous Missoula floods down Channeled Scabland and Columbia Valley
Published:January 01, 2009
Richard B. Waitt, Roger P. Denlinger, Jim E. O’Connor, 2009. "Many monstrous Missoula floods down Channeled Scabland and Columbia Valley", Volcanoes to Vineyards, Jim E. O’Connor, Rebecca J. Dorsey, Ian P. Madin
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The late Wisconsin Missoula floods are Earth's largest known discharges of fresh water. They carved Washington's Channeled Scabland—made famous by J.H. Bretz's writings in the 1920s to 1950s—and deposited sporadic huge gravel bars in the Scab-lands and Columbia valley. Since the late 1970s the great floods have been shown to number several score and to have been released as gigantic jökulhlaups. This five-day fieldtrip zig-zags broadly along and across the Scablands and down Columbia valley, viewing much geomorphic and stratigraphic evidence of the Missoula floods, at the end washing into Portland and Geological Society of America's 2009 Annual Meeting.
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This volume contains guides for 33 geological field trips offered in conjunction with the October 2009 GSA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Showcasing the region’s geological diversity, the peer-reviewed papers included here span topics ranging from accreted terrains and mantle plumes to volcanoes, floods, and vineyard terroir. Locations visited throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho encompass Astoria to Zillah. More than just a series of maps, the accompanying descriptions, observations, and conclusions offer new insights to the geologic processes and history of the Pacific Northwest insights that will inspire readers to put their boots on the evidence (or perhaps sip it from a glass of Pinot!) as they develop their own understanding of this remarkable and dynamic corner of the world.