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by Marjorie Burns,Scott Burns,John Eliot Allen

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  • ISBN 1932010319
  • ISBN13 978-1932010312
  • Language English
  • Author Marjorie Burns,Scott Burns,John Eliot Allen
  • Publisher Ooligan Press; Second Edition, Revised edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Pages 216
  • Formats lit lrf mbr txt
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1213 kb
  • Size Fb2 1297 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 583

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.


He was Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University, a lifelong student of the Columbia Gorge, and author of The Magnificent Gateway, a detailed guide to its geology. I personally preferred David Alt's book on the subject, if I were to read only one on the subject I would pick his, but I have read several books on the floods and I am a big Missoula Floods nerd.

Cataclysms on the Columbia book. Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories.

Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. 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. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate

He was Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University, a lifelong student of the Columbia Gorge, and author of The Magnificent Gateway, a detailed guide to its geology. When not teaching, he serves on various geological committees and has written numerous articles, chapter contributions, and books.

Marjorie Burns is an author, traveler, and lover of minor adventures, as well as Professor Emeritus at Portland State University.

He was Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University, a lifelong student of the Columbia Gorge, and author of The Magnificent Gateway, a detailed guide to its geology. Marjorie Burns is an author, traveler, and lover of minor adventures, as well as Professor Emeritus at Portland State University. Her main area of expertise is nineteenth-century British literature, though she has also published extensively on J. R. Tolkien’s fiction and scholarship.

Follow John Eliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, and Scott Burns as they examine Bretz’s groundbreaking geological studies and his personal struggle to change scientific theory. The story of the Ice Age Floods and the force of one man’s convictions is one that will leave a lasting impression. This book is part of an Open Book Series by Ooligan Press, Portland State University. They are committed to becoming an academic leader in sustainable publishing practices.

Allen, John Eliot; Marjorie Burns; Scott Burns (2009). Soennichsen, John (2008). Bretz's Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood. Seattle, W. Sasquatch Books. Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods (Rev. 2nd e. ISBN 978-1-57061-505-4. Norman B. Smyers and Roy M. Breckenridge (2003).

by John Eliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, Scott Burns. ISBN 9781932010312 (978-1-932010-31-2) Softcover, Ooligan Press, 2009. Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth. ISBN 9780802038067 (978-0-8020-3806-7) Softcover, University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2005. Cataclysms on the Columbia. by John Eliot Allen, Marjorie Burns, Sam Sargent. The formation of the Grand Coulee remained a mystery for many years, until J Harlen Bretz proved that the Columbia River basin was the site of huge floods 15,000 years ago that created the landscape we see today.

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Sironynyr
When it comes to the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington, I'm a bit of a fanatic. My family belongs to the Ice Age Floods Institute as well as Washington Trails Association and Rails to Trails. I am truly fortunate to live in this area. These coulees are my stomping grounds. The blades are my scrambling hills. I'm spoiled by an abundant beauty that is found in only a few places on this planet.

Cataclysms on the Columbia is one of many books I own pertaining to "Bretz' Flood". This book, like many others, describe the cataclysmic destruction of the flood and the carving of the many coulees and creation of Dry Falls, which, at the time it was "active" was nearly 10 times larger than Niagara Falls. For those who have marveled at Niagara imagine nine more, side by side.

This book does a great job of explaining the flood and subsequent creation of the Scablands. It tells both a story and allows the reader knowledge of places to see and go to. The pictures are a tad lacking, but if you go, you can take your own. The writing, owing to the several authors is a bit choppy. The book moves but it doesn't "flow". No problem, I'll deal with that. It also helps me to understand what is said when several have relayed that bit of information.

All in all, even though there's nothing really new in the book, this is a great book to have as a first and introduction to the area or an additional to augment a collection (such as I have).
Kulabandis
This a great read, it focuses heavily on the Washington State features. I personally preferred David Alt's book on the subject, if I were to read only one on the subject I would pick his, but I have read several books on the floods and I am a big Missoula Floods nerd. I like the revised edition with additional material by Dr. Scott Burns of Portland State, Scott's material really updates this classic.

I hate must reads but this should be a must read for any Northwesterner who enjoys the outdoors or a geologist or pedologist or even someone who just likes a great detective story, with vast open spaces and mind blowing action.

The book really comes to life if you travel the route of the Floods and stand in the immenseness of its features.
Yannara
This book was a pleasure to read. I'm currently doing research and frankly used to drab and technical writing. This book was neither. It is well written, allows for the person completely new to geology and geography to understand easily, without missing the facts. The book explains how the Missoula Floods' geographic remnants were discovered and then explains the discoveries, as others have noted here, in a format that allows the reader to use the book as a travel guide (if one wishes). He includes excellent images that explain the floods' movements and also show actual evidence in roadside sites right off of the highways one would travel to see the route of the great floods. I recommend this book.
Maridor
This book is a Must Have for anybody living in the Pacific NW where this story occurred.
Kirizius
Incredible story of how the Columbia Gorge came to be. I'm still reading it, but the Missoula Floods were incredibly powerful as they tore through Eastern Washington, moving huge granite rocks aboard floating chunks of ice and scattering them throughout Washington and the Willamette Valley of Oregon. A must read for aspiring geologists.
HelloBoB:D
The new edition is wonderful! Lots of great color photos of fascinating evidence of multiple epic flood events. All the detailed information in this book makes the drive between Seattle and Walla Walla a geological tour.
Tegore
Anyone from Montana, Idaho Washington or Oregon should read this book. Tells about huge glacial Lake Missoula and how all the water from that Lake washed across eastern Washington and formed the scablands and roared down the Columbia River scouring out the Columbia Gorge and filled the Willamette Valley with eastern Washington topsoil and lots more.
The first half is a well-written and interesting rendition of the story of the Scab lands of eastern Washington state. I bought it before going on a tour of the region, and it was insightful and provided good background.
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