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Cataclysms and controversy; aspects of the geomorphology of the Columbia River gorge

Jim E. O'Connor and Scott F. Burns
Cataclysms and controversy; aspects of the geomorphology of the Columbia River gorge (in Volcanoes to vineyards; geologic field trips through the dynamic landscape of the Pacific Northwest, Jim E. O'Connor (editor), Rebecca J. Dorsey (editor) and Ian P. Madin (editor))
Field Guide (Geological Society of America) (December 2009) 15: 237-251

Abstract

Landslides and floods of lava and water tremendously affected the Columbia River during its long history of transecting the Cascade Volcanic Arc. This field trip touches on aspects of the resulting geology of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, including the river-blocking Bonneville landslide of approximately 550 years ago and the great late-Pleistocene Missoula floods. Not only did these events create great landscapes, but they inspired great geologists. Mid-nineteenth century observations of the Columbia River and Pacific Northwest by James Dwight Dana and John Strong Newberry helped germinate the "school of fluvial" erosion later expanded upon by the southwestern United States topographic and geologic surveys. Later work on features related to the Missoula floods framed the career of J. Harlen Bretz in one of the great geologic controversies of the twentieth century.


ISSN: 2333-0937
EISSN: 2333-0945
Serial Title: Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Serial Volume: 15
Title: Cataclysms and controversy; aspects of the geomorphology of the Columbia River gorge
Title: Volcanoes to vineyards; geologic field trips through the dynamic landscape of the Pacific Northwest
Author(s): O'Connor, Jim E.Burns, Scott F.
Author(s): O'Connor, Jim E.editor
Author(s): Dorsey, Rebecca J.editor
Author(s): Madin, Ian P.editor
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Portland, OR, United States
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Portland, OR, United States
Pages: 237-251
Published: 200912
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
References: 74
Accession Number: 2010-060162
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect., sketch maps
N45°30'00" - N45°49'60", W122°00'00" - W120°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Oregon, USA, United StatesOregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, USA, United StatesPortland State University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201033
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
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